Heart disease in women

Contrary to popular belief, heart disease occurs equally among men and women, albeit at an older age in women.

In 2005, statistics from the Health Ministry indicated that 22.5% of women died of cardiovascular disease, and this is an increase of 135% compared with 1990.

An average of more than 16 women per minute die of cardiovascular disease worldwide

“Most men and women still think that it is a man’s disease,” states Datuk Dr Khoo Kah Lin, Malaysian Medical Association president and Yayasan Jantung Malaysia director.

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