Heart FAQ’s

What is Her Heart?

Her Heart is a health promotion Charity and registered not-for-profit organization that aims to educate women on the risks of heart disease, as very few women know that it is their biggest killer.

What is Her Heart’s mission?

Her Heart’s mission is to become the go-to-place for women to access the latest research findings, clinical information, health and lifestyle advice around heart disease for women. We want women to feel empowered through knowledge and act on this information to change their lifestyle. We want to disseminate the life-saving awareness messages to reduce heart disease for women by 50% by 2025.

How many women in Australia suffer from heart disease every year?

1 in 3 women in Australia will die of heart disease, that is one woman every hour that dies in Australia – that’s over 12 million women, and it’s rising.

How many women are at risk of heart disease?

Over three quarters of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and many women have two or three risk factors. 90% of cardiac events occur with only one risk factor.

What are the risk factors you can’t change?

Risk factors we can’t do a lot about include age; gender; a family history that includes the death of a close relative such as mother, father, sibling of heart disease; and ethnicity with people from Torres Strait or Aboriginal background are at an increased risk.

What are the risk factors you can change?

Those risk factors we can control or do something about include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight or obese, high cholesterol and high stress levels.

How important is regular exercise in reducing my risk of developing heart disease?

Regular exercise is very important in helping reduce your risk. Physical exercise can help to reduce stress through calming the mind (walking 30 minutes a day can lower symptoms of depression by 36%), it reduces blood pressure, as well as the “bad” cholesterol and allows more oxygen to the cells. It has an effect on reducing weight, which is important, as carrying a lot of weight – especially around your middle is not good for your heart.

How often should I exercise?

You should try to do 20-30 minutes of moderate physical activity that makes you sweat at least three to four times a week to cut your risk of heart disease in half.

How quickly can someone see an improvement in their heart health after quitting smoking?

The single most beneficial thing that you can do for your heart health is to stop smoking. Smokers are 2-4 times more at risk of developing heart disease compared to non-smokers. If you smoke and take oral contraceptives, you are 10 times more likely to have a heart attack. If you stop smoking now, within a few days you will have improvements in being able to taste your food better, and in a few months your lungs will improve by over a third. In a year, you would have cut your risk of a heart attack by 50%.

Who founded Her Heart?

Dr. Linda Worrall-Carter is our founder & CEO, she is an international authority on Heart Disease in women and the organization was founded in 2015.

Where is Her Heart based?

Her Heart is based in Melbourne, Australia; but the website has been accessed by over 55 countries.

Where does my donation go?

All donations (unless specified otherwise) go directly to raising awareness in the form of campaigns and towards educational programs specific for women.

What does Her Heart do with my personal information?

Your information helps us to process your request (e.g. donation, payment, registration, subscription) as the law permits. Your information is never shared with any third parties. How we collect store and use your information is outlined in our Privacy Policy.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, any donation over $2 is fully tax-deductible.

Why does Her Heart focus only on women?
  • Heart disease poses the greatest risk to women, killing more women each year than all cancers combined.
  • Women have very different symptoms of heart disease compared to men.
  • Women are less likely to receive life-saving treatments such as stents.
  • Women are 37% more likely to die in their first year after a heart attack.
How can you help?

There are a number of ways that you can help Her Heart depending on your circumstances. You can make a donation to Her Heart, share your story with us, volunteer or partner with us.