Heart and Stroke Inquiry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health has launched an inquiry into treatment and outcome disparities for women suffering from heart attack and stroke. The group would like to hear from patients about their own experience of living with each condition and accessing treatment, as well as clinicians who treat these conditions. 

The WHAPPG would like to shine a particular light on stroke and heart care because the group feel that, typically, these two conditions are associated with men, and therefore female patients may not be given the treatment they need. 

The APPG Inquiry aims to gather evidence around the issue of poorer rates of diagnosis and levels of treatment for women with common conditions such as myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, and to provide recommendations as part of a Call to Action. The WHAPPG will lobby on recommendations in this Call for Action, with the aim of improving care for women suffering with heart attack and stroke.

Oral Evidence Session

The group held an oral evidence session on Monday 16th July 2018, in Parliament where they heard from the British Heart Foundation and Stroke Assoication, as well as representatives from RCGP and RCN about treatment options, outcomes and awareness around these conditions. This session will help the WHAPPG to understand what key recommendations the group can take forwards. 

Moving forward, the group will invite submissions of written evidence on this topic and a patient survey responses. The findings will be published in Call for Action.