Women falling behind in MI prevention

Women who survive an initial heart attack are struggling to make the lifestyle changes needed to prevent a second one, warns a Australian cardiovascular researcher.

Professor Simon Stewart, Head of Preventative Cardiology at Baker IDI, said more than eight in ten women are failing to lead healthier lives after a heart attack.

New data from over 500 acute coronary syndrome patients and their carers showed 83% of women found it a challenge to change their lifestyle compared with only 73% of men, he said.