Cardiovascular health


Cardiovascular disease is the general term used to include both diseases of the heart (cardio) and the blood vessels (veins and arteries)...

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease is the general term used to include both diseases of the heart (cardio) and the blood vessels (veins and arteries)... Find out more →

Knowing the symptoms of heart attack and stroke may not only save your life, it may also save the life of another...

Symptoms of heart attack & stroke in women

Knowing the symptoms of heart attack and stroke may not only save your life, it may also save the life of another... Find out more →

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts and wholegrains and low in sodium...

Eating to lower blood pressure

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts and wholegrains and low in sodium... Find out more →

Many people think that cardiovascular disease is more likely to be associated with men. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in Australia. Cardiovascular disease includes diseases of the heart, veins and arteries and can end in heart attack and stroke. Symptoms of heart attack in women can be different to men and knowing this may one day save a life. Causes of cardiovascular disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, weight, depression and family history, so having regular check-ups with your doctor, starting from a young age is vital to prevention. Managing your blood pressure, cholesterol, knowing the best types of food to eat, being active and also managing depression and diabetes if you have them are discussed.


About cardiovascular disease

Many people think that cardiovascular disease is more likely to be associated with men. Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of women. Cardiovascular disease includes diseases of the heart, veins and arteries. Find out about types of cardiovascular disease and symptoms.

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Risks & causes

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in Australia with 90% of women having one risk factor. The causes including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, weight, depression and family history are discussed.

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Symptoms of heart attack & stroke in women

Knowing the symptoms of heart attack and stroke may not only save your life, it may also save the life of another. Symptoms of heart attack in women can be different to men and include pain and pressure in the chest, neck, arm, jaw, shortness of breath, dizziness and a cold sweat. Symptoms of stroke may include blurred vision, numbness, weakness in the arms and impaired speech.

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Management & treatment

There are many different ways of managing and treating cardiovascular disease. These include managing your blood pressure, cholesterol, best types of food to eat, being active and also managing depression and diabetes if you have them.

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Mental health & emotions

The impact on your emotional wellbeing when you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or if you have had a heart attack or stroke can be significant. Managing cardiovascular disease if you are also struggling with depression and/or anxiety can be very challenging and it is important you seek information and help.

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Healthy living

Healthy eating, managing your weight, exercise, trying to move more and sit less can all help support your cardiovascular health. Smoking is not great for cardiovascular health, yet often it is one of the hardest things to change; help is out there.

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