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POWER Study Women's Health Report Updated with Cardiovascular Disease Chapter

The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-based Report) is producing a Women's Health Report to serve as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers, and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities among Ontario women.

We are reporting on the overall health of women and men in Ontario, their access to health care services, and quality and outcomes of care for the leading causes of illness and death, including cancer, heart disease, depression, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and reproductive health and how they differ by gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and geography.

Despite progress, gender gaps persist. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a leading cause of mortality and disability for Ontario women. In the CVD chapter, the patterns of CVD care in the province and how these vary by sex, income and geography are examined. This chapter focuses on heart failure (HF), ischemic heart disease (IHD), and stroke as well as the health and functional status of Ontarians with CVD and their risk factors for disease. We report on indicators that assess the types of physicians providing care, medication management in the acute care setting and for secondary prevention, diagnostic testing and clinical interventions for patients with HF, IHD and stroke. In addition, we report on patient outcomes including health service use (emergency department visits and hospital readmissions) and mortality.

To download a copy of the full chapter or the highlights document ( which outlines the chapter's key findings and messages):

The Cardiovascular Disease Chapter Highlights document is also available in French:

Also available for download from Introduction to the POWER Study (Ch 1); The POWER Study Framework (Ch 2); Burden of Illness (Ch 3); Cancer (Ch 4); and Depression (Ch 5).

The chapter on Access to Health Care Services is forthcoming.

The POWER Study is funded by Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This report does not necessarily reflect the views of Echo or the Ministry. We welcome your thoughts and feedback on the Report.