16 Mar '11, 4am

Women, do you know if you're having a stroke?

SINGAPORE - Heart disease, not breast cancer, is the leading cause of death among Singapore women. One in three here die from cardiovascular disease and stroke, yet less than 10 per cent of women are aware of this. Women, more often than men, may have subtler, less recognisable symptoms, such as abdominal pain, jaw or back aches and nausea. This, and the lack of awareness of and resources for heart disease in women, spurred the National University Heart Centre Singapore (NUHCS) to launch its Women's Heart Health Clinic (WHHC) - the first of its kind in Singapore and staffed entirely by women. Dr Carolyn Lam, the clinic's programme director and initiator, pointed out that even when women exhibit the same symptoms as men, they respond differently. "Chest pain - I must be too stressed. Neck pain - I need a massage. Breathlessness - I'm really out of shape. Men, however, will ...

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