Heart disease and stroke is the world’s No.1 killer of women claiming the lives of more women each year than any other disease. In Singapore, 1 in 3 women dies from heart disease and stroke.

However, the 2009 Go Red For Women Survey revealed that only 9% of Singaporean women knew that heart disease and stroke is their number one killer.

In 2013, the Singapore Heart Foundation’s study findings, a result of conducting 995 random telephone interviews with respondents aged between 21 and 64 years old across the nation, were compared to survey results similarly conducted in 2006 and 2009. Highlights of the study were (see slides for more details):
  • Increased ownership of electronic blood pressure (BP) monitors indicate greater awareness of BP being a significant risk factor and motivation to want to keep it under control, with over a third (37%) respondents owning a monitor at home.  
  • More than three-fifths of respondents knew their good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, an encouraging sign as SHF often drives home the message for women to “know their numbers”.
  • The majority of respondents fell within the healthy weight range with an average BMI (Body Mass Index) at 22.8. 
  • Most respondents (87%) understood that heart disease develops gradually over many years and can go undetected, but there was a split in the belief that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. 
  • High level of agreement (88%) that exercise is one way to prevent or reduce risk of heart disease, followed by reducing stress (68%), reducing cholesterol (66%), and quitting smoking (61%).      
  • Over 65% of respondents exercise at least once a week.    

Go Red For Women (GRFW) is an international movement started by the American Heart Association and later adopted by other World Heart Federation member countries. The Singapore Heart Foundation launched the Go Red For Women campaign in 2005 to bring home heart health messages to women in Singapore.

The campaign aims to empower women – who are the gatekeepers to the family’s health – with the right knowledge and tools so that they can take better care of their hearts and their families.