This year WHO is calling on countries to take action to reduce heart disease in women. Cardiovascular diseases are a major health problem among women and remain under-recognised and undertreated. Risk factors for heart disease in women mirror those in men and include lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, overweight and obesity, harmful alcohol use and physical inactivity, as well as physiological risk factors such as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus. In South-East Asia Region, exposure to household air pollution from using solid fuels for cooking substantially increases the risk of heart disease in women.
WHO Regional Director for SouthEast Asia