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Women’s Health and Gender-Specific Guidelines
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As a population, women have different health and medical needs beyond the ones that present in the bikini zone. For example, women need smaller medical devices for knee replacements because their frames are smaller. Signs of a heart attack are different for women, as well.

The list of gender-specific presentations, diagnoses, and treatments goes on and on, thanks in part to a landmark study from the Institute of Medicine that showed sex differences were not just anatomical but cellular. That research led to a different way of thinking, says Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, FACC, FASNC, FAHSA, senior vice president for the Office of Community and Public Health at North Shore-LIJ Health System, a 17-hospital organization that provides care for 7 million people in an area that includes Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island in New York.