General heart statistics for New Zealand
How much you move, what you eat and whether you smoke are important factors that influence your risk of heart disease. Current figures show that :
Globally, cardiovascular disease, often thought to be a 'male' problem, is the number one killer of women. 
In 2012, 3145 women died of heart disease in New Zealand. That’s more than 8 women a day – or about 60 each week. 
 Ministry of Health (2015) Mortality and Demographic data 2012. Wellington: Ministry of Health
 Ministry of Health (2014) NZ Health Survey: Annual update 2013-2014. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
 Ministry of Health (2009) Implementing the ABC approch for Smoking Cessation. Framework and Work Programme. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
 World Health Organisation (2013) Women’s health fact sheet N334: World Health Organisation.
 Oestreicher Stock, E., Redberg, R. (2012) Cardiovascular disease in Women. Curr Probl Cardiol,37(11), 45-526.
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