Women at Heart

The face of heart disease is changing. Once considered ‘a man’s disease’; the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke are now virtually the same for men and women.

Women at Heart is a campaign by Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, to educate and empower women to make their heart health a priority.

The aim of the campaign is to highlight the prevalence of heart disease & stroke among Irish women.

The Heart Facts

  • Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death of women in Ireland and worldwide.
  • 1 in 2 Irish women will die from cardiovascular disease.
  • Irish women are 7 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer.
  • 5,000 Irish women die from cardiovascular disease each year. That’s 5,000 families without a mother, sister, aunt, gran – a loved one! That’s an average of one woman every 2 hours.

Heart Attack Symptoms

Woman often attend casualty late because symptoms of a heart attack in woman can be vague. People tend to imagine a heart attack as severe central chest pain. However, in women, this tends to be much more subtle, making it harder to diagnose and treat. Common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the back

The key message is if you don’t feel right it’s better to get checked out by a doctor straight away. Don’t delay!

The amazing fact is, up to 80% of heart disease & stroke is preventable through lifestyle change & risk factor modification.

The ‘Women at Heart’ campaign was created by Croí to educate women on their risk of cardiovascular disease and empower them to make their heart health a priority.

We are asking you to join forces with the women you love and spread the word about this real threat!

We ask you to organise a coffee morning, dinner party, fashion show, heart-healthy walk, non-uniform day, or any other event to help us raise funds and spread awareness.

If you want to join with Croí and empower the women you love.

Call Croí’s free supportline, Heartlink West, on 091-544310 for more information.

Croí Resources

We have a range of information resources to help you reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Click on the following links: