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Women have heart attacks too and can have different symptoms to men, like jaw pain, breathlessness or nausea, as well as the familiar chest pain. So why don’t we see this on TV? from www.shutterstock.com

According to TV, heart attack victims are rich, white men who clutch their hearts and collapse. Here’s why that’s a worry

It's time characters on TV reflected not only women's experience of heart disease but those of men from diverse backgrounds if we want to prevent more people dying from heart disease.
Biology and behaviour can explain why men tend to die younger than women. From shutterstock.com

Health Check: why do women live longer than men?

All around the world, women are living longer than men. While women are born with some early advantages, there are lifestyle factors that men can modify to improve their lot.
Standing up when doing routine things such as talking on the phone can reduce the amount of time a person sits. YoloStock/Shutterstock.com

Can sitting less decrease your risk of heart disease?

Sitting has been maligned in recent years for its role in obesity and diabetes. Now, a recent study in older women suggests that sedentary behavior may also increase heart disease risk.
A mix of fats, such as those found in nuts, avocados, salmon and olives, could be healthy and more satisfying. Craevschii Family/Shutterstock.com

Let them eat more fat? Researcher argues that a balance of types of fat is the key

When did eating become so confusing? In the 1960s, studies began to show a link between heart disease and dietary fat, and fat was demonized. As it turns out, fat is nuanced and may not be so bad.
You’re another year older but that doesn’t have to mean poorer health. Lorene Farrugia

Diseases through the decades – here’s what to look out for in your 40s, 60s, 80s and beyond

As you age, your body deteriorates and your risk of disease and injury increases. Here's a decade by decade guide to what you're up against – and what you can do about it.
Heart attacks increase with lower air temperature, lower atmospheric air pressure, higher wind velocity, shorter sunshine duration and colder weather. from shutterstock.com

Heart attacks more frequent in colder weather

Doctors have long acknowledged heart attacks are more likely to occur in cold weather. But now a major study has confirmed it.
A nurse in Uganda uses a stethoscope to listen for heart problems at a screening and educational event Oct. 31, 2017. Tao Farren-Hefer

Women with heart disease in sub-Saharan Africa face challenges, but stigma may be worst of all

Noncommunicable diseases are a growing problem in Africa. Among women, heart disease is a particular concern. Medication to treat it can interfere with pregnancy, making women undesirable partners.

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