Women and Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in Australia and globally.
- Nearly three times more women die of heart disease than breast cancer in Australia.
- 10 Australian women die every day from a heart attack.
- 22 women die every day of heart disease in Australia.
Heart disease includes any condition that affects the normal functioning of the heart, such as coronary artery disease that causes heart attacks, arrhythmias, heart failure and heart valve problems. It is too often perceived as a common illness among middle-aged men, but in fact, the risk of heart problems increases significantly once women reach menopause.
The most recent research shows that women are often being under-treated when it comes to heart disease, with women who suffer a heart attack half as likely to receive proper treatments and twice as likely to die as men.
This highlights the need for women to be aware of their risk factors, as well as symptoms of heart disease, and learn what can be done to treat heart disease.