Media advisory: The Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit

Heart health experts and women living with heart disease to drive national action on women’s heart health

Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death for women in Canada.  Women are 5 times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer. Two-thirds of heart disease and stroke clinical research trials don’t include equal representation of women.

National and international experts and women with lived experience will converge in Ottawa for the 2018  Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit to brainstorm strategies to eradicate the gap in women’s heart health, showcase emerging research − and hear the innovations in science, prevention, treatment and recovery. Summit delegates return home armed with new tools and knowledge that will help reduce the impact of heart disease on women. This year’s theme, State of the Heart, focuses on women’s heart health across the lifespan.

  • What: Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit
  • When: April 5 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and April 6 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Where: The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
  • Why: Women in Canada are unnecessarily suffering and dying from heart disease. Heart disease claims the life of a woman in Canada every 20 minutes. Despite recent progress, heart disease remains women’s leading cause of premature death. Women are under-aware and under-researched when it comes to heart disease. Within the healthcare system women remain under-diagnosed and under-treated, and under-supported in their recovery. 

Media opportunities

Interview opportunities with leading researchers, women’s heart health experts, and women living with heart disease The 2018 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Advocacy Award will be presented on April 6.

Facts: Women’s Heart Health

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death for women in Canada (dying before reaching their expected lifespan)
  • Every 20 minutes a woman in Canada dies from heart disease
  • Heart attacks are more deadly for women
  • Women are only half as likely as men to attend cardiac rehabilitation
  • Nine out of 10 women have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke

** For the complete agenda and list of workshops, consult the summit’s program. **

The summit is co-hosted by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre and Heart & Stroke.

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Hosted by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Heart & Stroke, the 2018 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit takes place in Ottawa, ON from April 5-6, 2018. Building on the success of the 2016 Summit, the 2018 program brings together approximately 250 national and international experts and stakeholders to further advance women’s heart health. The 2018 theme, State of the Heart, focuses on women’s heart health across the lifespan.

Together, we will transform and enhance Canadian women’s lives through research, awareness, policy development and care. 

Media

Judith Lachance
Promotion and Communication Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
613-798-5555 (17793)
613-806-0188 (cell)
jlachance@ottawaheart.ca
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