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Hello from our Founder

While many of us are still in lockdown – it doesn’t always mean that things slow down! We were thrilled to launch our new series of Her Heart Research reports a couple of weeks ago. The inaugural Report in collaboration with Sanofi was a review of Lipid Management for Women following Acute Coronary Syndrome, if you missed our launch then see below to read the report.
 
These reports are incredibly important and none more so – when research keeps showing that women are under-diagnosed, under-treated and have worse outcomes in relation to heart disease – see the latest research from NSW below.
 
We love hearing from our Her Heart community, and we know that you do too. Our “Real Stories” videos are one of the most viewed on our Hub and this month we share with you Beth’s story. “It’s important for women to know that you are not alone in this journey, you know your body better than anyone, and it's important to speak up when something doesn’t seem right.
 
Until next month, stay strong & safe 
 
Linda
 
Dr Linda Worrall-Carter
Founder & CEO, Her Heart

Women & Heart Disease Lipid Report

To date, few studies have comprehensively assessed sex differences in lipid lowering pharmacology with respect to efficacy, adherence and adverse outcomes. The report states that Women represent less than 30% of the sample … and with increasing rates of younger women experiencing ACS, there is a need to design trials to reflect this and to ensure equal numbers of female and male participants”. You can read the report here.

 Heart disease treatment lacking in women

A recent study from the University of Sydney confirms that Australian women undergo worse medical treatment than men for common heart attacks. Researchers explained that women are under-treated across all aspects of heart health care – read more here.

Beth’s story

Beth was 67 when she found out she had a congenital heart abnormality and had to have open heart surgery. She encourages women “believe in yourself and speak up if something isn’t right”. Watch the video here.
 

Taking time to 'unplug'

This month we encouraged you to find some time to ‘unplug’ and take some time away for your phone. Women are prolific users of social media, and while it’s great for keeping us connected and educating ourselves, it can sometimes become overwhelming. It’s important to take time off where you can, it will help you relax, plus regain focus and clarity. 

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