Heart disease: what women need to know

March 8th is International Women’s Day, when we celebrate the women in our lives. Whether they are mothers, sisters, partners, friends or co-workers, women have special health considerations that go beyond regular breast and gynaecological exams. One of these areas is the heart.

Often considered more of a “man’s disease”, cardiovascular disease is actually the main cause of death in women around the world[i]. Pregnancy puts stress on the heart The heart needs to work harder to nourish a growing baby and for women with heart problems the increase in blood volume increases the risk of developing congestive heart failure. Women at risk need special care during pregnancy and should seek a doctor’s advice as early as possible, preferably before becoming pregnant. Expecting mothers who are taking medication for heart disease, such as blood thinners, also require special medical supervision to avoid causing harm to Read more