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Heart Disease 

Women & Heart Disease 

3 times more women die of heart disease than breast cancer in Australia, 50 Australian women have a heart attack every day and 24 women die of heart disease in Australia.

Unfortunately, many women aren't aware 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.

Only one in three women will experience 'typical' heart attack symptoms such as chest pain. Instead, most women suffer from less common warning signs such as:

  • Unexplained nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue 
  • 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, which is why it's important to regularly monitor things like your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and glucose. It is also important to encourage the women close to you to have regular check-ups to reduce the risk of heart disease or heart attack, which may just be a life saver. 

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