I am
New report calls for urgent action to tackle heart disease in women by 2030: The Lancet
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

New report calls for urgent action to tackle heart disease in women by 2030: The Lancet

Media Alert - 17 May 2021

Australian researchers are among those who have called for urgent action to improve the prevention, care and treatment of heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in women worldwide.

The first ever global report on cardiovascular disease in women has been published in The Lancet today and calls for immediate measures to tackle inequities in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease in women globally.

Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, accounts for 35 per cent of deaths in women worldwide each year. An estimated 2.1 million Australian women have cardiovascular disease, and it accounts for about one in four female deaths.

The report states heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in women is understudied, under-recognised, underdiagnosed and undertreated, with women also under-represented in clinical trials.

The authors outlined 10 recommendations to tackle inequities in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease in women.

The recommendations include health professional and patient education, increasing the delivery of heart health programs and prioritising sex-specific research on heart disease in women.

Heart Foundation comment:

Heart Foundation Director of Health Strategy, Julie Anne Mitchell said: “We know that more needs to be done to increase awareness of heart disease in and among women. But more work is also needed to address knowledge gaps and the barriers women face in getting access to services that best meets their needs.  

“This report reinforces that strategies to reduce heart disease in women should be targeted to the most vulnerable people globally, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are almost twice as likely as non-Indigenous women to have heart, stroke and vascular diseases,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We back the report’s call for culturally sensitive primary and secondary prevention programs for Indigenous women and women from disadvantaged areas to ensure we can reduce the devastating impact of heart disease.

“We also support the report’s finding of the barriers that exist to healthcare for women living in disadvantaged, rural and remote areas. As the authors indicate, telehealth is one of the essential tools to address inequity by delivering heart health care to women no matter where they live.

“These measures will help address the challenges we know women face when it comes to their heart health, such as delays in diagnosis and not always receiving the same life-saving treatments as men.”

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Health Check Toolkit

More Australians die of Heart Disease than any other cause.

More Australians die of Heart Disease than any other cause.

More Australians die of Heart Disease than any other cause.

And the heartache lasts a lifetime. But you can help the Heart Foundation fund life-saving research to keep more families together....

Research Directory

Research Directory

Asian (Chilli, soy and sesame) dressing

Asian (Chilli, soy and sesame) dressing

Asian (Chilli, soy and sesame) dressing

24-hour Blood Pressure Monitoring

24-hour Blood Pressure Monitoring

Blood pressure monitoring at home using a 24-hour blood pressure monitor test....

Smart Heart Guidelines App

Smart Heart Guidelines App

Access to Australian heart disease guidelines is now free at your fingertips...

Christmas recipes

Christmas recipes

Christmas recipes

Find heart healthy festive recipes. ...

GLOBAL CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH FUNDERS FORUM

GLOBAL CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH FUNDERS FORUM

GLOBAL CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH FUNDERS FORUM

FACILITATING INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL TRIALS ...

Hazelnut maple granola clusters

Hazelnut maple granola clusters

Hazelnut maple granola clusters

30 minutes
Serves Makes 635g. Serves 8 (80g serve – about ¾ cup)

Absolute CVD risk clinical guidelines

Absolute CVD risk clinical guidelines

The Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk (CVD) Guidelines helps healthcare professionals identify, prevent and manage a person's risk of developing CVD. ...

Know your risk: Family history and heart disease 

Know your risk: Family history and heart disease 

Know your risk: Family history and heart disease 

A family history of heart disease could mean you are at greater risk....

Heart Health Network

Heart Health Network

Heart Health Network

Heart Health Network is the Heart Foundation’s newsletter for health professionals delivered to your inbox once a month....

Chest x-ray for heart disease

Chest x-ray for heart disease

Chest x-ray for heart disease

This test can help your doctor determine if there is anything wrong with your heart....

Blood pressure and your heart

Blood pressure and your heart

Blood pressure and your heart

Understand blood pressure and how it can impact your heart health....

Atrial fibrillation resources for patients

Atrial fibrillation resources for patients

Kids recipes

Kids recipes

Kids recipes

Find heart healthy kids recipes...

Lipid management clinical information and resources

Lipid management clinical information and resources

Lipid management resources for health professionals...

Guidelines for the assessment and management of Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Guidelines for the assessment and management of Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Guidelines for the assessment and management of Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Position Description: Consumer Representative for the update of the Guidelines for the assessment and management of Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk ...

Heart Foundation supports Wollongong City Council’s draft 10-year cycling strategy

Heart Foundation supports Wollongong City Council’s draft 10-year cycling strategy

Heart Foundation supports Wollongong City Council’s draft 10-year cycling strategy

Media Release - 30 June 2020 ...

Now is your chance to help make 4X the impact

Now is your chance to help make 4X the impact

Now is your chance to help make 4X the impact

Donate today, every dollar donated by October 7 will be quadrupled by our generous donors....

What is plant-based eating

What is plant-based eating

What is plant-based eating

Learn about plant-based eating and its impact on heart health ...

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

This webinar discusses the role of practice nurses in conducting heart health checks...

What is heart disease?

What is heart disease?

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is the broad term for conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart muscle. ...

Your heart is your most important tool

Your heart is your most important tool

Your heart is your most important tool

Men’s Health Week is the perfect time to think about your heart....

Reading food labels

Reading food labels

Reading food labels

Nutrition information panels and ingredients lists are a good way of comparing similar foods so you can choose the healthiest option....

WEBINAR | The future of CVD risk assessment

WEBINAR | The future of CVD risk assessment

WEBINAR | The future of CVD risk assessment

Should population-based CVD risk assessment models make way for individualised risk prediction techniques?...

Fruit and nut muesli

Fruit and nut muesli

Fruit and nut muesli

For Professionals: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples information and resources

For Professionals: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples information and resources

For Professionals: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples information and resources

Resources for providing best practice cardiovascular care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples....

For professionals: Online education and training

For professionals: Online education and training

Online courses for health professionals focused on improving cardiovascular care. ...

Heart Foundation recipes

Heart Foundation recipes

Heart Foundation recipes

Check out our recipe categories to find your next heart healthy meal....