Women and Cardiovascular Disease
While most women fear breast cancer, the reality is that 50% of us will die from CVD.
Here in Australia, CVD in women is:
- Under estimated
- Under recognised
- Under treated
- Under researched
- Under resourced
Every year over 26,000 Australian women die of CVD. This figure is greater than for men.
Women are also more likely to have atypical symptoms of myocardial infarction or (heart attack) and, consequently, 50% of heart attacks in women are unrecognised (compared with 33% for men).
38% of women die in the first year following an unrecognised heart attack (compared with 25% of men).
Women younger than 55 are nearly 7 times less likely to be hospitalised with heart attack symptoms than men. These younger women also have a poorer prognosis than men of the same age.
Women also have poorer outcomes following interventions such as coronary bypass surgery.
What Can Be Done?
90% of women have one or more risk factors for CVD. Many women are unaware they have any risk factors at all.
This poor perception of CVD risk means that women may fail to seek awareness of their own risk factors, practise health-promoting behaviours and seek help when they need it.
At The Bradford Clinic, as part of our Anti-Ageing practice, we identify our patients’ individual risk factors for CVD (and other age-related diseases), suggest specific health-promoting behaviours and design a customised wellness programme for each of our patients seeking anti-ageing advice and optimal health.
CVD can be a life-long burden and is the leading cause of death in women. Its prevention can improve the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of both the individual and society as a whole.
As well as vast experience and several fellowships in cosmetic medicine, Dr Julie has 4 fellowships in integrative and anti-aging medicine, and has a special interest in women’s health
~ Dr Julie Bradford ~
MBBS, FABAAARM, FAAAM, FFMACCA, FACNEM, FCPCA, FMMI