LETTER: Women with heart health campaign

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International Women’s Day (March 8) is an excellent opportunity to recognise and celebrate women who are instrumental in the fight against heart and circulatory disease. But it’s also an opportunity to highlight that cardiovascular disease affects both men and women despite many women being less aware of the threat that cardiovascular disease poses to their health. It is a sad fact that around 80,000 women die from cardiovascular disease in the UK every year – a figure significantly higher than breast cancer.

Every day we hear stories of the determined researchers who are developing treatments to combat cardiovascular disease, of women who are taking that extra moment to put their patients first and the countless women who show an inspirational grace and determination through their own struggle with heart conditions. We’re now urging the region to mark International Women’s Day by celebrating these unique individuals. To support the ‘Woman with Heart’ campaign and find out more about how women are affected by heart disease visit bhf.org.uk/women. To share your stories and join the conversation on International Women’s Day on March 8 use the hashtag #womenwith
heart and #IWD2015.

Simon Gillespie

Chief Executive
British Heart Foundation