- The leading cause of a Heart Attack is underlying Coronary Artery Disease. Coronary Artery Disease is where cholesterol deposits build up in your coronary arteries, forming a waxy-like substance called plaque.
- According to the Victor Chang Institute, around 50 Australian women will die per day of a Heart Attack
- It is estimated that 40% of women’s heart attacks are fatal, with many women unaware of what the symptoms are.
- Around 56,000 hospitalisations will occur yearly for Heart Attacks.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms that women tend to experience when having a Heart Attack are considered ‘atypical’ of normal Heart Attack symptoms.
These are some of the symptom’s women could experience:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal, shoulder, upper back, neck and jaw pain
- Shortness of breath
- Extreme fatigue
- Light headedness
Please call emergency services if you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack
Prevention and Support
Follow the links below to find out more about how you can help prevent and support loved ones who have experienced heart attacks