World Heart Day 2020 is 29 September. After menopause, a woman’s risk of heart disease and stroke is similar to a man’s. Nearly three times more women can die from heart disease than breast cancer.

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What is World Heart Day on 29 September 2020?

In What Is World Heart Day? the World Heart Federation (WHF) elaborate on cardiovascular disease (CVD):

“Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.9 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided”.

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In Risk Factors: Cardiovascular Risk Factors – Non-Modifiable Risk Factors: Other Common Non-Modifiable Risk Factors – Gender the World Heart Federation elaborate on:

“Your gender is significant: as a man you are at greater risk of heart disease than a pre-menopausal woman. But once past the menopause, a woman’s risk is similar to a man’s. Risk of stroke is similar for men and women”.

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Can more women die from CVD than breast cancer?

In Resources for Women the WHF note:

“Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women, with over 2 million premature deaths every year. This represents one-third of all deaths, and CVD kills more women than cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined”.

In Australia, according to the (Australian) Heart Foundation in Risk Factors for Women:

“Nearly 3 times as many women die of heart disease than breast cancer”.

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What numbers do women (and men) need to know?

In Know Your Numbers? They Could Just Save your Life: Start By Knowing Your Numbers, Go Red for Women elaborate on:

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“You can’t manage what you don’t measure, which is why knowing your risk is critical to preventing cardiovascular disease. And knowing your risk starts with knowing your numbers.

Talk to your healthcare provider today to learn about your Blood Pressure, Total Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and BMI (Body Mass Index).

Your heart depends on it”.

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Last Updated: 28 September 2020 – Last Revised: 20 September 2020
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