Harsh. Bold. Truth.
In Australia, heart disease takes the lives of 24 women every day.
Women are adversely affected by heart disease – worse than men – in every way.
- Women are more likely to DIE from their heart disease
- People think it’s a “man’s disease”
- People think women’s heart attack symptoms are the same as men’s
- Heart symptoms can be misdiagnosed; they can be vague or atypical
- After menopause, risk factors increase (Thank you, hormones!)
- Women are less likely to act on their signs and symptoms (too busy looking after others)
For everyone, male and female, the best we can do is to act things we can control
- Do not smoke
- Enjoy a heart-healthy diet (The Mediterranean Diet is a good one)
- Take regular exercise
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Enjoy social activities to stave off depression and isolation
- Have regular medical check-ups (blood pressure, cholesterol etc)
- Know the signs and symptoms of angina or heart attack
- Know what to do if you experience heart-related pain.
Visit the Heart Foundation website for more information about women and heart disease.
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