Why do males have a higher risk of heart disease?

I hear women have less risk of heart disease than men. Is this true? 

The rate of heart disease in premenopausal women is approximately half that of men. However, following menopause women catch up to men within ten years and even have slightly higher rates after age seventy. The problem is that heart disease in women often goes undiagnosed in both younger and older women. The reason for this underdiagnosis stems from two sources: society in general, including women, has developed a false sense of security, believing that women are protected; and physicians and other health care professionals have habitually underestimated the extent of heart disease in women, although recent publicity has partly remedied this situation. Greater attention and publicity must be given to this problem.


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