Women and heart disease

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Heart disease in women has been described as under-researched, under-diagnosed and under-treated despite the fact that it is a leading cause of death in Australian women.

For over ten years the Heart Foundation has championed a program to raise women’s awareness of heart disease and work with health professionals to improve heart health outcomes for women.

Health professional forum

Watch the recording from our 2019 Women and Heart Disease forum. The forum bought together experts in the field aswell as women directly impacted by heart disease.

Topics discussed included:

  • Heart disease in women – what does it look like and how is it different?
  • Who are the populations of women at risk?
  • Vascular conditions of pregnancy and their impact on heart health of mother & child
  • Psychosocial issues and their impact on women’s heart health

Watch the forum recording.

Reports and Statements

NSW Women and Heart Disease program 

The Heart Foundation in NSW has embarked on a three-year campaign to raise awareness among women and the health professionals who care for them. The comprehensive program will include education programs, resources and education for health professionals as well as funding key research projects on women and heart disease. Learn more.

For heart health support contact the Heart Foundation Helpline on 13 11 12 during business hours (local charges apply) or email the team of qualified health professionals.

Pregnancy and heart disease

Cardiovascular disease risk associated with pregnancy has until recent times been poorly acknowledged, researched and understood. Find out more about pregnancy and heart disease

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) occurs when a split or separation suddenly develops between the layers of the wall of one of the blood vessels (artery) that provides blood flow to the heart. Find out more about Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection