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Sobering statistics

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the UK. In fact, coronary heart disease kills more than twice as many women as breast cancer. There are currently more than 3.5 million women in the UK living with heart disease.1

Sadly, 77 women die from a heart attack every day in the UK – around 28,000 women every year.1

But despite these sobering statistics, many women are unaware that they are also at risk of heart disease.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart. The term ‘heart disease’ is often used interchangeably with the term ‘cardiovascular disease,’ which refers to all diseases of the heart and circulation. These include coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, heart attack, congenital heart disease and stroke.

The risk

While there is no one cause of heart disease, there are several factors that increase risk. Just a few simple lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet and participating in regular physical activity, can help every women reduce their risk.

It’s also important to be aware of heart disease and heart attack symptoms. These can present themselves differently in women than in men, which can lead to a delay in seeking medical help.

Find out more by downloading the fact sheets below.

Our research

Professor Annemarie Hennessy’s Vascular Immunology team is investigating ways to safely prolong pregnancy without premature delivery by studying placental growth and the pharmacology of aspirin.

Dr Clare Arnott, a visiting scientist with the Clinical Research team, has established NSW’s first Women’s Heart Clinic which focuses on gender-specific risk factors such as hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. She leverages her science research using HRI’s state-of-the-art facilities.


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