Heart disease rate in women shows need for action

A new report revealing the high heart disease risk which many Australian women don’t realise they face highlights the need for community awareness to counter potential triggers like obesity, the Consumers Health Forum says.

The Hidden Hearts report released by the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research today, reveals a stark contrast between women’s perception and the reality in regards to women’s risk of cardiovascular disease. See http://mmihr.acu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/09/Hidden-Hearts.pdf

“Most Australian women, and men, are under the false impression that heart disease and stroke are largely confined to middle-aged men this report finds,” says the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells.

“Many women are more concerned about breast cancer.  Yet heart disease is four times more likely to claim their lives than breast cancer.

“While we should not under-state the dangers of cancers, including lung cancer for women and men, we need to take more action to measure the impact of cardiovascular disease on women and act to counter the unhealthy life-styles that fuel chronic conditions like obesity.

“World Obesity Day today is just the time for us to consider the ways we can change our diet and boost our exercise.

“We need to see our governments take a more active role in leading community awareness and responses to reduce cardiovascular disease which affects hundreds of thousands of Australian women, causing about 3,400 sudden deaths a years.  That and the $3 billion yearly cost in hospital care should convince governments of the need for action,” Ms Wells said.

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