The World Health Organisation has this year established high blood pressure as the theme for World Health Day. High blood pressure – also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension – increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.
“High blood pressure and heart disease are still too often thought of as diseases that mostly effect men. This is just not true,” says Women’s Health East CEO, Kristine Olaris.
Heart disease is the leading killer of Australian women. 90% of Australian women have at least one risk factor for heart disease. Australian women are almost four times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer.
The stereotype that heart disease only happens to middle-aged and older men is having a negative impact on outcomes for women in treatment and points to the wider need for a health system capable of addressing the different and specific health needs of men and women.
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