Office on Women's Health Blog

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5 Things to Know: Planning for a Healthy Retirement

Barbara J. Easterling

May is clearly my month! We focus on my kind of people: older women. As wise as I feel, there are things we wish we had known when we were younger

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What It Feels Like When a Woman Has a Heart Attack

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

What do you see when you imagine a heart attack? Does the victim — probably a man — stop what he's doing, clutch his chest, and fall to the floor? We call that the "Hollywood Heart Attack." It doesn't paint the most accurate picture, particularly for women. The truth is: Heart attacks can be much harder to spot. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. More women than men die from their heart attacks.

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Family Health History, a Priceless Gift to You and Your Family

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak

Why is it important to discuss your family's health history? Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your healthcare practitioner predict your risk for specific diseases and make vital screening and treatment decisions before any disease is evident.

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5 Tips for Healthy Summer Eating

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

You know the healthy eating basics, but you also know it's not always easy to apply them to daily life. That's okay! Focus on making small changes. Here are five smart, simple tips for healthier eating this summer

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Mary Eriksmoen

One Woman's Story: Living With Heart Disease

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

At 53, Mary experienced chest pain that radiated into her jaw for three months without realizing it was a symptom of heart disease. Because of her age, she thought she was too young to have heart issues.

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Yaskary Reyes

Q&A: Heart Disease and Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

In honor of American Heart Month, we spoke with Yaskary Reyes. Yaskary is an ambassador for The Heart Truth®, a program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that strives to educate women about heart disease and motivate them to take steps to prevent it.

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