Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, women are seven times more likely to die of a heart disease than breast cancer. Even though heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, it is preventable. Unfortunately, a lot of women do not perceive heart disease as a greater cause of death as opposed to breast cancer.
According to World Heart Federation in 2017, heart disease is the number one killer of women globally, with over two million premature deaths each year. Heart attacks claim the lives of 3.3 million women every year, with another 3.2 million women dying from stroke and the remaining 2.1 million women succumbing to other Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD). Regardless of these statistics, the perceived severity of breast cancer seems to be higher than CVDs amongst women. Perhaps, this could be because breast cancer affects body image and self esteem in ways that being diagnosed with a heart disease does not. Some research also state that most women believe that more men die from heart disease as opposed to women which is actually not the case.
Why isn’t there a lot of awareness and enlightenment on heart disease for women? Why is the actual leading cause of death in women getting less attention?