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Risk factors for women

In Australia, 90% of women have one risk factor for heart disease, and 50% have two or more.

Key takeaways

  • The most common risk factors affecting women are high cholesterol, being overweight and physical inactivity.
  • Heart disease can occur at any age, but the risk increases significantly around menopause.
  • Research has shown that just over half of women who have a heart attack experienced chest pain. However for many others, only non-chest symptoms like breathlessness, nausea and arm or jaw pain.
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Nearly 3 times as many women die of heart disease than breast cancer. Every day, 22 women lose their lives to this condition.

In Australia, 90% of women have one risk factor for heart disease, and 50% have two or more.
But we plan to change that. Many of these risk factors can be reduced with lifestyle changes.

Common questions about risk factors for women 

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