Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of illness and death among Australian women.

Some aspects of CVD risk factors, prevention, presentation, treatment, management and outcomes are unique to women, and these gender differences are increasingly being recognised.

Chronic conditions, including CVD, are priorities for action in the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030 (Department of Health 2018).

This report looks at the impact on women of common forms of CVD—coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and cardiomyopathy.