What Makes Women Different?

Men and women are very different when it comes to matters of the heart, and that’s just as true for matters of heart health. While heart disease is on the decline among men, it is rising among women. It’s the number one killer of women over 35 worldwide, accounting for more deaths every year than all cancers combined.

Much of what we know about the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease – including conditions of the heart, its valves, arteries and other blood vessels – is based on research in men, but women’s hearts and the way they experience heart disease are different in many ways. These differences are important because they can affect how heart disease presents itself in women, how it's diagnosed and treated. It also affects women’s survival rates. It’s sobering to realize that women are 50 per cent more likely than men to die within the year following a heart attack.

It doesn’t have to be this way. With the right information and action, it’s possible to prevent heart disease or improve your chances of surviving it to lead a healthy life. 

Many women don’t know they are at risk or what to do about it if they are. That can change beginning right now, with you. The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre can help you take the first easy steps toward a healthier heart by arming you with information:  

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