3 March 2019

The Heart Foundation is campaigning to address gender discrimination in the health system: “The discrimination against women who have heart disease starts with the fact that women are 12 per cent less likely to be screened for heart disease and are less likely to be prescribed blood pressure medication than men. It continues with the startling revelation that only 15 per cent of cardiologists in Australia are women when international research shows women fare better when treated by a health practitioner of the same gender.” Among the barrage of statistics, the most shocking is that the death rate of women who suffer heart attacks is higher than that of men.