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• Coronary heart disease among women in Lebanon has a very high prevalence (7.8% of hospitalized women), DALY (1) rating (1270) and mortality rates (151 per 100,000), as well as a lack in services provided(Ref: Booz & Company Analysis) 

• Coronary heart disease is the main cause of death among women with 7,000 predominantly underprivileged women hospitalized in Lebanon in 2009 and over 3,000 female deaths in 2004(Ref: Booz & Company Analysis)

• Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly  than all forms of cancer combined (Ref: Go Red for women)

• Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute (Ref: Go Red for women)

• 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease (Ref: Go Red for women)

• Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease (Ref: Go Red for women)

• Women tend to be more sensitive to heart disease risk factors.Heart disease is still considered as an old men’s disease despite being the number 1 killer of women in Lebanon" and thus women hesitate to seek care

• In a recent survey, 75% of women identified cancer as their leading cause of death and considered heart disease as an old men’s issue

• Women, particularly young women, have twice the morbidity and mortality of men following coronary artery bypass graft surgery (open heart)

• Disorders such as gestational diabetes, hypertension, preeclampsia that  occur during pregnancy increase the risk of a cardiovascularevent later in the life of women

• Psychosocial factors such as depression, inadequate economic resources, caregiver stress, etc. are highly prevalent among Lebanese women, and have been linked to adverse cardiovascular outcomes

• Globally, about 18 million people die annually from cardiovascular diseases(Ref: WHO)

• Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) , proved to be the leading cause of mortality (45% of total deaths) in Lebanon. CVD was responsible for 56% of deaths among females, caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (Ref: WHO - NCD Country Profile, 2011 report " last update May 2012 " Lebanon)

• More than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease (Ref: American Heart Association " 2013)

• 64% of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms (Ref: American Heart Association " 2013)

• 26% of women age 45 and older, who have an initial recognized Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) , die within a year as compared to 19% of men (Ref: American Heart Association " 2013)

• Women having heart attacks are less likely to get immediate treatment and more likely to die in the hospital (partly because of such delays, 15% of female heart attack patients die in the hospital compared to 10% of men)

• Risk factors, symptoms, hospital stay, treatment, mortality and morbidity for ischemic heart disease can differ between men and women. Research is very important for a better understanding of women’s heart disease

• Women comprise only 24% of participants in all heart-related studies (Ref: Go Ref for women)

1) The Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) relates to the potential years of life lost due to premature death and equivalent years of “healthy” life lost by virtue of being in state of poor health