Women and heart disease
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.
Below are some examples of our initiatives and links to the growing body of research, highlighting the significant gender and sex-related influences on heart disease.
The Making the Invisible Visible campaign is the public facing and awareness-raising component of the Heart Foundation’s Women and Heart Disease program, which takes place during the month of June each year. Learn more about the campaign.
2017 Women and Heart Disease Forum
In June 2017, the Heart Foundation NSW convened a one-day forum to showcase emerging research and clinical advances to shine a light on the experience of heart disease among women.
This multidisciplinary Forum was an energising day that brought together experts from cardiology, obstetrics, midwifery, oncology and public health. We are thrilled to be able to share the presentations from the experts in the field and we thank them for their generosity.
2017 Women and Heart Disease Forum video - see some highlights from the day.
Forum webinar – watch the plenary and concurrent presentations presented by experts.
Reports and Statements
- Hidden Hearts: Cardiovascular Risk and Disease in Australian Women 
- Women and heart disease: Cardiovascular profile of women in Australia 
- Women and Heart Disease forum report 
- The engaging women strategy [2008-2012]
- Heart attack survivor survey: Gender Comparison 
- AHA Scientific Statement . Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women
- AHA Guideline: Effectiveness-Based Guidelines for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Women – 2011 Update.
- AHA Scientific Statement : Preventing and Experiencing Ischaemic Heart Disease as a Woman. The State of the Science.
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.
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.