Blog | Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pop Quiz: Women's Health


Pop quiz: What's the #1 medical condition that drives women to the doctor, hospital, clinic, etc?

Hypertension, according to the AHRQ, which reported today in a news release that about 25 million women were treated for hypertension in 2006.

In women age 65 years+, the other most common diseases which drove them to treatment were hyperlipidemia (7.1 million), osteoarthritis (5.9 million), heart disease (5.7 million), and COPD and asthma (5.5 million).

In women age 45-64 years, the next most common were: depression and other mental disorders (8.3 million), COPD and asthma (8.2 million), hyperlipidemia (6.5 million), and osteoarthritis (5.8 million).

And in women age 30-44 years, the next most common were: depression and other mental disorders (5 million), COPD or asthma (4.8 million), female genital disorders (4.2 million), and acute bronchitis (4 million).

The analysis, which comes from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, includes data on treatment in doctors' offices, hospitals, ERs, hospital outpatient clinics, and by home health care providers.