Her #1 Killer

Heart disease claims more women’s lives than all cancers combined – and it’s on the rise.

Women’s Heart Disease is a misunderstood and all too silent killer. Countless women have been taken prematurely, many presumed to have died of other causes. Those that survive live with a reduced quality of life, often unable to work, raise children or perform even the simplest tasks.

Starting now, we can and we must change this.

Read the stories of women attacked by heart disease and others who’ve joined our fight!

With the right information and action, each one of us can join the fight against women’s heart disease and save the women we love – our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, co-workers and neighbours!

  • Learn more about the risks and symptoms unique to women’s heart disease.
  • Learn more about what you can do to prevent women’s heart disease.
  • Act now to make women’s heart disease prevention and care a priority.

History of Women’s Heart Health Video

Decades of medical research focused almost exclusively on men combined with a lack of awareness helped create the perfect storm: Women’s red flag symptoms were overlooked, misdiagnosed and under-treated by medical professionals; and ignored, dismissed or unnoticed by women.

dr-noel-bairey-merzUnderstand the history of women’s heart disease and how we got to this critical point. Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz is Director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center and the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Program at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, where she is a Professor of Medicine. Dr. Merz’s research has contributed to the expanding knowledge of heart disease in women.

About Us

Once believed to be a ‘man’s disease’, heart disease now kills more women than men, and more women than all cancers combined. 42% of women heart attack survivors suffer a second attack and die within a year of the first; and 46% become disabled, living in chronic pain and poor health. The cost to the Canadian economy more than $22 billion annually.

Contact Us

Victoria General Hospital Foundation
2340 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, MB, CANADA, R3T 2E8
Tel: (204) 477-3513
Email: foundation@vgh.mb.ca
Web: TheVicFoundation.ca
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