Women failing to spot signs of a heart attack

Women and heart disease

Over three quarters of woman cannot identify the most common warning signs of a heart attack, according to new statistics released ahead of Bag it. Beat it. this September.

A heart attack is a life-threatening medical emergency. Around 28,000 women die from a heart attack each year in the UK – three every hour.

Despite this, nearly nine in ten women (88%) say they would avoid calling 999 or going to A&E if they experienced unusual chest pains – one of the most common warning signs for a heart attack.

Worryingly, over two fifths of women (42%) said they were not concerned about their personal risk of heart disease at all, despite over 3.5million women being affected by heart and circulatory conditions across the UK.

Thanks to our research, around 70% of people now survive a heart attack to go home to their families. However, more needs to be done to protect the tens of thousands of women that still die from a heart attack each year.

This September the British Heart Foundation is raising awareness of women and heart disease. We’re encouraging everyone to donate their unwanted goods to stores, to help fund the research so urgently needed to protect women from the devastation of heart disease.

Get your workplace donating

Read how Becky got involved in Bag it. Beat it.

Bag it. Beat it. is your opportunity to help fund vital heart research by asking your colleagues to collect stock for the British Heart Foundation. Simply donate your stuff, or organise a Bag it. Beat it. challenge event to clear the clutter.

See how Becky took part

It’s easy to set up an event in your workplace. Just use our ‘how to’ guide to rally your colleagues, then ask them to fill bags with good quality unwanted clothes, shoes, books, handbags, DVDs, CDs and children’s toys. We’ll even come and collect your donations for free.

There are plenty of ways to make it fun too:

  • Get competitive with colleagues or departments at work, and see who can donate the most bags. Just download our leaderboard poster and set the challenge!
  • Host your own awards… invent some funny categories and grab a few little prizes to give away. And don’t forget to get a booby prize for the worst item donated!
  • Share stories about your donations and check out the things other people have donated

By joining our Bag It. Beat it. campaign and donating your unwanted clothes, books and music to BHF shops, you’ll help fund more ground-breaking discoveries to save even more lives.

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