PCNA has expanded the campaign originated by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, WomenHeart, and the American Heart Association. PCNA launched the Tell a Friend about Women and Heart Disease campaign in 2004 in order to encourage health care providers to raise awareness about heart disease in women by educating their daughters, sisters, mothers, friends and co-workers. Our hope is that after your friends, family members and co-workers are educated about heart disease, they can then:
- Engage their health care providers in a dialogue about heart health
- Share what they learn with more women
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Why is this campaign important?
- According to a survey by the CDC National Center for Health Statistics, only 13% viewed heart disease as their leading health concern.
- Awareness levels are lower in Black and Hispanic women, who are often at even higher risk because of the prevalence of blood pressure and diabetes.
Key messages in the campaign
- Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in women.
- Stroke is the #3 cause of death in women.
- Know the symptoms of heart attack and stroke, and seek medical attention promptly.
- Know your numbers including cholesterol profile, blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar, and waist measurement.
We are looking forward to hearing your feedback and ideas! Please return to this page after your presentation and complete the feedback form so that we may continue to improve this campaign.