Fe­male fo­cus on heart health

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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