Monday, May 2, 2016

Encourage Heart Health During Women's Health Week May 8-14

Did you know?
  • Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., and high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for it.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 women have high blood pressure, but many of them do not know it. That’s because hypertension often does not have warning since, hence its alias “the silent killer”.
  • While the overall prevalence rate of high blood pressure is nearly equal among U.S. men and women, the prevalence of high blood pressure is higher in women 65 years and older.

While high blood pressure is a serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease, it is manageable. Talk with the women in your life about hypertension and encourage them to schedule a well-woman visit to get screened for heart health risks and other conditions. Reminder them they can only take care of others if they take care of themselves. Together, we can help women prevent and control their high blood pressure.

Check out Office on Women's Health's social media and promotional tools, infographics and fact sheets; the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women resource page or for health care professionals who want to learn more about implementing successful strategies for controlling blood pressure, check out what the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions are doing.

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