So in our community, the number of women who have heart attacks is about the same as the number of men. It’s just that more men have them at a younger age.

But for example, a little known fact is that a woman in her lifetime is about seven or eight times more likely to get heart disease than to get breast cancer.

So heart disease is something that women are a little bit complacent about because you don’t read a lot about it. But in fact, there’s a 40 per cent lifetime risk of a woman having a heart attack or a stroke, something that moment, not many people appreciate.

Professor David Celermajer is Scandrett Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiology at the University of Sydney.

Last Reviewed: 01/10/2020

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