Action needed to end gender bias in cardiovascular care

Women face sex discrimination when it comes to cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment in Australia, new studies have shown.

The Heart Foundation has called for action in three key areas where they found gender bias in cardiovascular disease (CVD), namely risk factor awareness,  recognition of atypical symptoms of heart attack and treatment disparities..

A five year review commissioned by the Foundation found that CVD was the leading cause of premature death in Australian women. Despite this, nine out of ten women were unfamiliar with risk factors such as