Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Cardiovascular disease: the $3bn ‘hidden killer’ of Australian women

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New research from the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research at ACU has revealed that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Australian women, with the ‘hidden’ diseases causing more fatalities than the most common forms of cancer (including breast cancer) and costing the health system $3 billion annually.

The Hidden Hearts: Cardiovascular Risk and Disease in Australian Women report finds CVD and associated diseases such as diabetes and kidney failure contribute to at least 31,000 deaths of Australian women every year – significantly more than the 12,000 deaths attributed to the most common forms of cancer.

Alarmingly, more than 3000 Australian women each year will suffer a sudden and fatal cardiac event without ever reaching a hospital. Read the full story

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