Women’s unknown killer

Heart disease kills three times more Australian women than breast cancer but women don’t know it.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Australian women. Every day, 22 Australian women die, with more than 48,000 hospitalised each year, as a result of heart disease. Yet women are largely unaware of and surprised about these statistics, which Heart Research Australia (HRA) says needs to change.

This Valentine’s Day, February 14, is the organisation’s Wear Red Day, with the wearing of red clothing encouraged as a way of raising awareness, and donations to HRA invited to help fund research into heart disease.

HRA is focusing on driving awareness of the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease as well as funding research into prevention, diagnosis and treatment to help protect future generations.

The organisation says it believes it is essential for women to be aware of the threat heart disease poses, so they can modify their behaviour and build healthy habits of regular physical activity, healthy eating and being smoke free, to keep their hearts healthy.

The not-for-profit HRA is appealing for people to get their colleagues, friends or exercise group together and sign up for Wear Red Day.

It says that by increasing awareness of and research into risk factors for women, there is an opportunity to change the level of risk posed by heart disease.

Visit https://www.heartresearch.com.au/wrd/ to sign up or learn more.

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