Much of what we know about the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease – including conditions of the heart, its valves, arteries and other blood vessels – is based on research in men, but women’s hearts and the way they experience heart disease are different in many ways. These differences are important because they can affect how heart disease presents in women, and how it's diagnosed and treated. It also affects women’s survival rates.
It doesn't have to be this way.
With the right information and action, it's possible to prevent heart disease or improve your chances of surviving it to lead a healthy life. The Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre can help you take the first easy steps toward a healthier heart by arming you with information.
Here are some of the ways heart disease is different for women: