When we started this project back in 2007 cardiovascular disease was, as it is still now, a ‘hot’ topic. It is a field in medicine which has received a lot of attention and funding and has therefore been extensively researched. The striking feature, which can not be found to the same degree in other fields of medicine, is that all the attention went to men. Back in 2007 only one cardiovascular conference had ever been organised for women and it focussed on how to recognise a stroke or heart attack occurring in your husband! I feel we have come a long way since then, the American Heart Association leading the way with their campaigns followed in our own country on a national level by the “Hartstichting” with their 2010 campaign. All are striving to create awareness for cardiovascular disease in women. I feel honoured to have contributed, in however small a way, to this movement and will continue to do so as we still have a lot more to do.

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Keywords cardiology, cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular surgery, gender
Promotor M.G.M. Hunink (Myriam)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sponsor Financial support for printing of this thesis was generously provided by the Departments of Radiology and Epidemiology of the Erasmus University Medical Center, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, VASCUTEK Nederland, the J.E. Jurriaanse Stichting, and the Van Beek-Donner Stichting.
ISBN 978-94-6191-454-5
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/37860
Grootenboer, N. (2012, November 7). Gender Differences in Presentation of Disease and Clinical Outcome after Vascular Surgery. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/37860