Cardiovascular Disease in Women
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in men and women on a global basis. CVD affects men and women equally but evidence suggests that it is neither diagnosed as readily, nor treated as effectively, in women. In Ireland between 2001 and 2005, an average of 2,484 women died each year from ischaemic heart disease (including myocardial infarction (MI)). (2) Yet, women seem largely unaware of their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, retaining the perception that CVD is predominantly a man's disease.