The Heart Foundation has revealed that women are underestimating their risk of heart disease including heart attacks.
According to research, three in five women are unaware that heart disease is women's biggest health risk factor claiming many lives each year, despite the fact that many forms of heart disease are preventable or treatable if detected early.
The Heart Foundation has launched its annual Go Red for Women campaign to help raise awareness, urging all Australian women to have a heart health check.
"Many people are still surprised to learn that heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women and that it claims more than three times as many female lives as breast cancer," said Dr Lyn Roberts, national chief executive officer of the Heart Foundation.
"We’re very concerned that three in five women do not recognise heart disease as a serious female health issue."
Dr Roberts noted that if women don't see heart health as important, they're less likely to get check-ups and may not respond quickly enough to heart attack warning signs.
Heart disease claims 27 female lives a day in Australia, so it's important for women to realise this risk and take action.
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