Women and Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women!
52 Australian women have a heart attack every day. Unfortunately, many women are unaware of these statistics and heart disease is too often perceived as a common illness among middle-aged men. In fact, the risk of heart problems increases significantly once women reach menopause.
Did you know that only one in three women experience ‘typical’ heart attack symptoms such as chest pain? Instead, most women suffer from less common warning signs such as:
- Unexplained nausea
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is committed to raising awareness in the community about women and heart disease and is dedicated to developing medical research to increase the rate of prevention and improve treatment.
Unfortunately, signs of poor heart health are not always obvious. That’s why it is vital to know your numbers such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure and glucose, in order to monitor whether you are at risk of a heart condition or heart attack. It is also essential to encourage the women close to you like your mums, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers and girlfriends to have regular check-ups so they too know their numbers! Regular testing may reduce the risk of heart disease or heart attack, and may just be a life saver.
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