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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association examined 2014 medical claims and found that women are 27 percent less likely than men to get angioplasties to open clogged arteries and are 38 percent less likely to undergo coronary bypass surgery.

While the report released Tuesday presents only a one-year snapshot, “it’s scary data,” said Dr. Marla Mendelson, medical director of the program for women’s cardiovascular health at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.


“It is the largest epidemic of a chronic disease that we’ve ever seen in human history,” says Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, chair of the department of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.