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Heart disease is bigger killer than breast cancer in women

BIG KILLER: Women are more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer

BRITISH WOMEN are three times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer, according to The British Heart Foundation.

More than 30,000 women die from coronary heart disease in the UK every year with over 700,000 women living with the consequences of heart disease and stroke, according to research published by The British Heart Foundation ahead of World Heart Day (Tomorrow, Sept 29).

World Heart Day is organised by the World Heart Federation and aims to raise awareness of heart disease through education, advocacy and research.

This year, World Heart Day will be focusing on women’s heart health, as despite the statistics, The British Heart Foundation claim that women often wait longer then men before calling 999 after experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.

Often, this is due to women being less likely to recognise the symptoms of a heart attack or being reluctant to cause a fuss, according to Dr Cliff Bucknall.

Consultant cardiologist at London Bridge Hospital, Bucknall said: “Many women believe that heart disease is a condition that only affects men. This is simply not true and as a result, women are less likely to be aware of the associated risks, particularly, around heart disease and contraception.”

Bucknall stated that for most women taking oral contraception, there is a very low risk of experiencing a heart attack. However, this does rise with age as the risk of having a heart attack rises significantly following the menopause.

Dr Bucknall commented “There are different types of hormonal contraception which can have different effects on the formation of blood clots and potential heart attacks. Consequently, it is extremely important to discuss with your healthcare provider the birth control options that carry the least risk for you.”

For women who are worried about their heart health, Dr Bucknall advised: “There are a number of simple self-help actions that women can take to reduce their risk of heart disease. These include, giving up smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and undertaking more physical activity.”

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