It used to be thought that women did not recover as well as men after angioplasty or coronary artery surgery, but this is no longer thought to be true. Women may recover slower than men after angioplasty and coronary heart surgery, and this may be because they are unfit. In some cases, the results of angioplasty and coronary artery surgery are not as good as in men because women's heart arteries are smaller and technically more difficult to treat. Some women (and men) are left with an unsightly scar down the front of their chest and their leg (where the vein used for the bypass is taken) after a heart operation.
Generally, however, women do as well as men when it comes to angioplasty or coronary artery surgery when being treated for angina or heart attacks.
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