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Heart disease


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. Women of any age can have heart disease. But your risk goes up sharply after menopause.

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  • Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs - This website explains what to do if you think someone may be having a heart attack. Acting fast can save lives. This website also offers tips to reduce heart attack risk and reviews the tests used to find out if a person is having a heart attack.
  • FastStats: Heart Disease - This Web page provides quick access to health statistics on heart disease in the United States, such as the morbidity of the disease and how health care is used by patients with heart disease.
  • The Heart Truth for Women - The campaign brochure, The Heart Truth for Women, is available in English and Spanish. It features women telling their own stories about heart disease and provides information about risk factors and a checklist of key questions to ask your doctor.
  • Heart Truth for Women: An Action Plan - Good news! Heart disease is a problem you can do something about. This fact sheet will help you find out your personal risk of heart disease. Then, it will show you how to take steps to improve your heart health and reduce your chances of developing heart disease.
  • High Blood Cholesterol — What You Need to Know - This publication is based on clinical guidelines for cholesterol testing and management. It will help you find out what your cholesterol numbers mean and what treatment your doctor may prescribe to help lower your cholesterol level. The brochure also includes a tool to estimate the risk of having a heart attack and outlines ways to reduce risk.
  • The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism - This publication discusses the Surgeon General's call to action for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, which together may cause more than 100,000 deaths each year.
  • Your Guide to Preventing and Treating Blood Clots - Blood clots can be dangerous when not properly treated. This guide discusses ways to prevent and treat blood clots and explains when to go to the emergency room.

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Content last updated: July 16, 2012.

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