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C. Are Women More Afraid Of Invasive Heart Testing?

Narrator: This is Science Today. Women with heart disease are just as willing as men to undergo invasive cardiac testing procedures. But Dr. Rita Redberg, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco says women receive less aggressive treatment.

Redberg: One of the reasons that has been suggested that women undergo invasive testing less than men is that perhaps women are refusing invasive testing,

Narrator: But Redberg conducted a study recently which found that's definitely not the case.

Redberg: Actually, women were slightly more likely than men to agree to invasive testing and then we adjusted for age and sociodemographic factors and women and men were equally willing to undergo invasive testing. This suggests that there must be another explanation for why women are not as likely to be referred. What we hope with studies like this is that it will increase awareness among patients and physicians that women should be offered tests at the same rate as men.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.