The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada released their Annual Report on Canadians' Health and among the findings women face an increased risk of death as a result of heart disease compared to men.
The findings suggest a gender gap in terms of death from heart disease. Women are more likely to die from a cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or heart attack, are less likely to be treated by a specialist or transferred to another facility.
This is the first time in thirty years that the rate of death of women has caught up to that of men. The report calls for action to address the difference and close the gender gap.
More specific findings include:
- A women's risk of dying within the first 30 days is 16% higher after a heart attack and 11% higher after a stroke, compared to man's risk
- Only 32% of women see a cardiologist after a heart attack, compared to 38% of men. The risk of dying is 47% lower for patients treated by a cardiologist.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is addressing these issues as part of the Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan.
To read the full report, please click here.
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