The Heart Foundation aims to raise awareness around Women's Heart Awareness month through Go Red for May.
Nearly 60 Kiwi women die from heart disease every week, making it New Zealand's single biggest killer. The Heart Foundation look at women's risks of heart disease and what things can impact on heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Kiwi women but many people are unaware of this statistic because they believe it to be a 'man's disease'.
Latest Ministry of Health figures show that more than 3,000 New Zealand women die each year as a result of heart disease and there are currently more than 65,000 living with it.
In the female population, heart disease still tends to be under-treated and overlooked.
When should women get a heart check?
Women without known risk factors:
- From 55 years of age
Women with significant known heart disease risk factors:
- From 45 years of age
Māori, Pacific or South Asian women:
- From 40 years of age
Women with type 2 diabetes:
- As part of the annual diabetic review
Women with severe mental illness:
- From 25 years of age.