National Women's Health Week

May 10–16, 2020




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Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Hypertension

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  • Every minute in America, a woman dies of a heart attack, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease. Many of these are preventable.
  • Nine out of ten women have at least one risk factor for heart disease.
  • High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke. It makes you 4-6 times more likely to have a stroke.
  • Approximately 41% of women with hypertension or high blood pressure, don’t have it under control. If you have  high blood pressure, here’s what you can do to change this:
  • In the United States, African American women are 60% more likely to have high blood pressure, as compared to non-Hispanic white women, non-Hispanic Asian women, and Hispanic women.
  • Heart disease and stroke caused more than 1 in 3 pregnancy related deaths from 2011-2015.
  • High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get your important to have your blood pressure monitored:
  • Although women over 55 have a higher risk of high blood pressure, recent studies show that an increase in the number of younger women with heart disease.
  • Monitoring your blood pressure at home by yourself (or self-monitoring) is a great step towards getting it under control. Here are steps to help you correctly monitor your blood pressure at home:
  • DYK? Some insurance companies provide free blood pressure monitors? Talk to your insurance company about the options available to you.
  • If you are prescribed medication(s) for high blood pressure, take them as your provider advises.
  • Pay attention to the triggers that can increase your blood pressure. Your blood pressure record can help you determine times and situations when your blood pressure may increase. You can make adjustments to your schedule to avoid or reduce those triggers.
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure during pregnancy is serious and can harm both you and your baby. If you are pregnant, high blood pressure can damage your organs and increase your risk of stroke. It can also cause early birth (called preterm birth) and low birth weight for your baby.  About 1 in 8 babies is born too early.

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