Many women may not be aware that heart disease and stroke are major threats to their health. But heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States, and stroke is number three.
- Million Hearts – Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. It brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.
- 2011 Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines for Women (PDF, 654 KB) – The American Heart Association, in collaboration with national organizations dedicated to women’s health including the Office on Women's Health, have released new life‑saving guidelines for the prevention of heart disease.
- How to Talk to Your Doctor or Nurse (PDF, 193 KB) – This print-and-go guide can give you tips on talking to your doctor or nurse.
- Heart Attack Quiz – This short quiz will test your knowledge of the symptoms of a heart attack in a woman.
- Heart Health and Stroke: Questions to Ask Your Doctor or Nurse (PDF, 84 KB) – Take this print-and-go guide of questions with you on your next visit to your doctor or nurse.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator – The BMI is a number calculated from a person's height and weight. This calculator can help you find out what your BMI is and whether it is in the healthy range.
- Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight – There are many different activities that can help you raise your fitness level. This chart tells you which activities burn the most calories during an hour of activity.
- For Your Heart – By taking a short, private survey on this site, you can find out more about your personal heart disease risk factors.
- Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating Your 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack – Factors like your age, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure affect your heart health. Use this web tool to determine your 10-year risk of having a heart attack.
- What Happens When You Quit Smoking? – This womenshealth.gov tool shows you how your health begins to improve right away when you stop smoking.
Content last updated: February 01, 2009.
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