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Treating Heart Disease - FOR WOMEN

3D view of a human heart Heart Disease in Women Versus Men

Heart disease used to be considered a man’s disease, but that is no longer the case. Heart disease is the number one killer of women over 35 years old worldwide, accounting for more deaths every year than all cancers combined. Learn about some of the ways heart disease is different for women compared to men by watching this video.

women taking her blood pressure Women have unique considerations about their risk factors for heart disease

Men and women have the same traditional risk factors for heart disease, but some of these risk factors are more likely to result in a heart event in women and some are more common in women. Women also have some unique risk factors that men don’t have (such as having high blood pressure in pregnancy). Learn about risk factors that are more common or unique in women by watching the video.

Women's hearts are impacted by many circumstances throughout their lives, such as menopause and hormonal changes.

Certain conditions, such as menopause and polycystic ovary syndrome, only develop in women. Other conditions such as osteoporosis (a weakening of your bones), are far more likely to develop in women than in men. The conditions listed below are common in women and can have a negative effect on your heart health. Learn how you can help prevent and manage these conditions.

Breast cancer

Osteoporosis (bone disease)


Systemic inflammatory, autoimmune disorders

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


More resources

Watch the videos below to learn more about treating heart disease.

Heart diseases

Heart tests

Heart treatments

Cardiac College for Women was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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