Checking in with women's heart health
Did you know cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally? This Women's Health Week we're highlighting how better awareness and access to treatment can save lives.
Almost every hour, an Australian woman dies of cardiovascular disease. Despite this, too many women remain unaware of their risk of heart disease.
Dr Esther Davis is a cardiologist and researcher at Monash Health’s Victorian Heart Hospital. She has a special interest in women’s heart health and runs the hospital’s Women’s Heart Health Clinic.
Dr Davis says women can experience the symptoms of heart disease in a different way to men. For example, they are more likely to experience symptoms other than chest pain.
Because of this they are less likely to recognise that symptoms are from the heart and seek medical attention.