New research released this week is calling for urgent action to improve the prevention, care and treatment of heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in women worldwide.

The global report, published in The Lancet yesterday, was authored by 17 experts from 11 countries including Australia.

It was found that 35 per cent of deaths for women world-wide is due to heart disease, with the condition being responsible for one in four female deaths in Australia.

It has also found that First Nations women in Australia are twice as likely to have heart stroke of vascular disease than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Associate Professor Anna Lewis is Queensland’s heart health manager for the Heart Foundation.

She says there needs to be more research and awareness around the issue.

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