Female heart disease: The most serious health threat facing Australian women

EVERY hour, an Australian woman dies of heart disease. It kills three times as many women as breast cancer, yet research shows women are far more likely to get a mammogram than a heart health check.

In fact, it kills more females every year in Australia than all the cancers combined.

“Heart disease is the most serious health threat facing Australian women, but it seems many of them aren’t aware of that or they’re just not that scared of it, especially young women,” Dr Cathie Forster, a clinical cardiologist at St Vincent’s Clinic in Sydney, says.

“If a woman has a lump in her breast, she gets it checked out straight away. There doesn’t seem to be that same fearfulness around heart disease.”

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