Health Check Ep 61: Why women should protect their hearts against cardiovascular disease
Synopsis: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you.
This episode tackles the often underestimated risk of cardiovascular disease in women, and how the symptoms of this disease can differ in women.
ST senior health correspondent Joyce Teo hosts Professor Carolyn Lam, a senior consultant at the Department of Cardiology and the director of Women’s Heart Health at the National Heart Centre Singapore.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among women and is responsible for 35% of deaths in women yearly. Studies have also showed that heart disease is deadlier in women than men, and can affect women at all ages, and particularly after menopause.
In the Lancet Women and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Commission published in mid-May, clinicians called for urgent action to reduce burden of cardiovascular disease in women.
This global report is curated by 17 leading expert ambassadors from 11 countries, and one of these Lancet Ambassadors for Women’s Heart Health in this prestigious study is Professor Lam herself, who is also the sole representative from Asia.
Read Lancet Commission paper: www.womencvdcommission.org
Produced by: Joyce Teo (firstname.lastname@example.org), Penelope Lee and Ernest Luis
Edited by: Penelope Lee
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