Heart disease and stroke combined are the leading cause of death for Singaporean women, killing six times as many women as breast cancer. 1 in 3 women die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and it often goes undiagnosed or undertreated in women. Moreover, the disease can affect women at all ages.
According to the National University Heart Centre of Singapore, the CVD death rate among young women aged 35 to 54 is increasing, women above age 85 also make up 74% of hospital stays for non-specific chest pains, higher than any other condition examined.
So clearly it’s important, now moreso than ever before to be aware of what it takes to keep our hearts healthy and to educate ourselves on the realities of heart disease and heart attacks. Here, we list some of the major issues women should look out for and what should be done according to the Singapore Heart Foundation and other experts.