Women’s health – Women want to learn more!
This month we celebrated International Women’s Day (March 8th) and the theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge. Challenges can include checking your heart health and making this an annual thing to do. Being an advocate for women’s health, Her Heart recently completed a survey of nearly 800 women about women and heart disease. We know that heart disease is the biggest killer of women globally, and we wanted to hear what women knew. The survey included women from different age groups and across cultures. Most women taking the survey were aged between 35-64 years (63%). Nearly all knew the risk factors for heart disease, however, over half had never had a heart check by their doctor or even requested one. The results show that heart disease can affect any age group, with around 13% of those in the 25–44-year age bracket having been diagnosed with heart disease. The results also revealed 90% did not believe there was enough public awareness about women and heart disease. Encouragingly, women said ‘increased awareness and education about heart disease in women will prevent premature deaths’. Women wanted to know more! They said they would download information about heart health to use if it were available. Check out our Heart Health Checklist which can be downloaded for you to take along to your GP for an annual heart health check.