Women and Heart

Heart disease is another example where sex — or perhaps sexism — still plays a huge determining factor - Kelly Burrowes

Women and Heart

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Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women throughout the world. Approximately seven times more women will die from heart disease than breast cancer. Even in women with breast cancer, dying from heart disease is a leading cause of death.

Yet when I ask undergraduate students in my chronic disease class (most of whom are female) which disease causes the most deaths in women, only about half give the answer heart disease; a third say it is breast cancer.

This mirrors a 2012 survey from the United States, which found that only 56 per cent of female respondents identified heart disease as the leading cause of death.

Such a lack of awareness has very real consequences.…

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