Sixty women die each year from heart and circulatory diseases in the Carrickfergus borough, the British Heart Foundation has revealed.
Released this week, the figures compare the mortality rates for each council area, including the neighbouring boroughs of Newtownabbey (70) and Larne (40).
Despite being stereotyped a ‘man’s disease’, more than 107,000 women in Northern Ireland live with a heart or circulatory condition and thousands die from the disease every year.
BHF has opened its first ever virtual Women’s Room to raise awareness of heart disease in women and create a unique and supportive space for women living with the disease.
Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at BHF said: “Coronary heart disease kills nearly three times as many women as breast cancer, yet as a society we continue to prop up the myth that heart problems are just for men.
“Everything from TV adverts to soap plotlines show men with heart conditions, but it’s incredibly rare to hear about a woman with heart disease. As a result women often feel very isolated when they’re diagnosed with a heart condition. We want to shout from the rooftops that if you’re a woman living with heart disease you are not alone. Our Women’s Room can give you the ‘informational hug’ you need and introduce you to other women, just like you.”
The online hub features stories of real women living with heart disease and offers practical information to help women adjust to life with a heart condition. It also includes information and advice for all women who want to keep their hearts healthy.
For more information, visit www.bhf.org.uk/women.