GENDER GAP IN HEART DISEASE: IMPLICATIONS FOR INTERVENTION
 
Weidner, G., Preventive Medicine Research Institute, USA
 
Why do men get more heart disease than women? Traditional coronary risk factors, such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol are poor candidates in explaining the gender gap in heart disease. This point has been made clearest by the experience of several countries in Eastern Europe, where heart disease has assumed epidemic proportions among middle- aged men during the transition to the post-Soviet era. This presentation draws from numerous disciplines to explore environmental, cultural, behavioral, and psychosocial influences on men's greater susceptibility to heart disease and concludes with a discussion of possible avenues for intervention.