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Clearinghouse Connector - Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and women

The February Connector explores the issue of: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and women

CVD is the leading cause of premature death in Australian women. The National Heart Foundation reports that while men suffer twice as many heart attacks as women, women are more likely to die from them. Women are also more likely to die of stroke than men. 

Australian and international studies have found that as women’s symptoms are less likely to be recognised by women themselves and by health professionals, women are less likely to be told they are at-risk and be given appropriate medical treatment, which may contribute to women’s high mortality rates. In recognition of this, a substantial amount of new research is being published which takes a gendered approach to CVD.

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