A GP guide to heart disease in women

Every day in Australia, 22 women die of heart disease. Here's a look at how it manifests in this patient group

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australian women.1

heart attack

Twenty-two Australian women die from heart disease every day — 10 from a myocardial infarction.2-4

There are unique and different characteristics of ischaemic heart disease in women compared with men, and gender disparities are evident in acute coronary syndromes.

In addition, some heart conditions affect females preferentially or uniquely.

Ischaemic heart disease

Ischaemic heart disease (IHD) is ischaemic