Female focus on heart health
Women are being encouraged to take charge of their heart health.
Heart disease claims the lives of more than 50 Kiwi women every week.
A number of these deaths are both premature and preventable.
The Heart Foundation’s Go Red for Women campaign is during May.
Medical director Gerry Devlin says there is a common misperception in society of heart disease being a man’s disease.
‘‘It is also the number one cause of death for women. We’re losing thousands of Kiwi women every year to a disease which is, in a number of cases, preventable,’’ Devlin says.
The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease and helping women learn to look after their hearts.
The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort for both genders. But women are likely to experience other symptoms like discomfort in the upper back, sweating and unusual fatigue.
European women should get checked from the age of 55, but Maori, Pacific and Indo-Asian women need check-ups from the age of 45.