Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
The Heart Foundation wants to send a strong message to women on the risk of heart disease.

Results of a dramatic recent survey of women revealed that nearly four out of five women don’t realize that heart disease is the leading cause of women’s death in Australia.

Women mistakenly believe that breast cancer is the biggest killer but in reality, heart disease kills four times as many women as breast cancer.

Heart Foundation SA CEO, Geoff Halsey, says there are many myths about heart disease such as a general perception that it was more of an “old man’s disease”, but that is not the case.

“The facts are that heart disease tragically claims the lives of 30 women in Australia every day,” he said.

“There are a very high number of women who believe that heart disease is of no great concern.”

To inform women about this killer disease the Heart Foundation has launched a six-week Go Red for Women campaign. It will run from May 4 to June 12 and aims to unite women in Australia in the fight against heart disease by raising awareness of the risks and providing healthier choices.

The Go Red for Women campaign encourages all Australian women to look after and love their hearts. There are five healthy choices women can make to reduce their risk:

1. Get regular checkups – when you next visit your GP or doctor ask for a heart disease risk assessment.
2. Know your numbers – find out your blood pressure, cholesterol level and waist circumference – and check these regularly.
3. Be smoke free – kicking the habit is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk and it is never too late to benefit from giving up.
4. Enjoy healthy eating – include a variety of foods from different food groups.
5. Be active every day – regular, moderate physical activity is good for the heart. The Heart Foundation recommends you include at least 30 minutes or more on most or all days of the week.

The Heart Foundation is inviting all Australians to join the Go Red for Women campaign, become informed and remind women of the importance of making heart health a priority.

To join the movement visit

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About the Heart Foundation

This year the Heart Foundation marks its 50th anniversary as Australia’s leading voice on heart health.

The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.

While the work over the past five decades has helped reduce the number of deaths, cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) remains one of Australia’s most devastating health problems.

As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on donations and gifts in Wills to continue its lifesaving research, education and health promotion work. For further information visit or call 1300 36 27 87.
Darrin Johnson
P: 08 8224 2828
M: 0409399918


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