Updated: 05/05/2013 01:07

Heart disease: Not just a man's disease

Heart disease: Not just a man's disease

Minister of State for Health  Dr Amy Khor, has said that many women are under the misconception of heart disease being a "man's disease". 

The percentage of women dying from cardiovascular disease in 2011 was 29.6 - almost the same compared to 31.7%  for men. 

She was speaking at a health symposium Saturday morning.

The Singapore Heart Foundation's study conducted this year, showed most respondents understood that heart disease develops gradually over many years and can go undetected, but there was a split in the belief that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. 

Nearly a thousand respondents aged between 21 and 64 years old took part in the survey. 

The survey showed that 88 per cent of those surveyed agreed that exercise is one way to reduce risk of heart disease. 

This  was followed by reducing stress, reducing cholesterol, and quitting smoking.

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