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Heart disease a woman killer

National Wear Red Day, was established in the USA to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one health threat among American women. Unfortunately the statistics are not much better for NZ woman.

The picture of women’s heart health in New Zealand, care of the NZ Heart Foundation.

  • 5384 Kiwi women died of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, in 2009.
  • That’s around 14 women dying on average every day. Close to 100 a week. 100 families broken apart.
  • Sadly 658 women died from breast cancer in 2009.
  • But let’s not lose sight that more than 7x the number of women died of cardiovascular disease.
  • Of those deaths, 2514 women died of coronary heart disease (CHD)*
  • That’s about 7 a day – 48 a week.
  • CVD made up almost 35 percent of all deaths in women in 2009 – that’s reason enough to get women banding together and tackling this killer head on.
  • Women who smoke risk having a heart attack 19 years earlier than non-smoking women.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the deaths from heart attacks in women occur among those who have no history of chest pain.
  • 42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men.
  • Under age 50, women’s heart attacks are twice as likely as men’s to be fatal.

An excellent video, highlighting awareness about heart disease to woman worldwide.

You Tube - Go Red for Women

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