Women and Heart Disease

Women Are at Risk for Heart Disease

Women may not realize that they are at risk for heart disease and stroke. To reduce your risk:
  • Aim for 30-60 minutes of activity each day
  • Reach a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Stop smoking
  • Work with your nurse or doctor to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes
If you have any of the following factors, you are at increased risk coronary heart disease or have had a heart attack or stroke:
  • existing coronary heart disease
  • previous stroke or heart attack
  • abdominal aortic aneurism—a weakness in the artery in your abdomen
  • chronic kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • family history of heart or vascular disease
  • obesity or overweight
Be sure to talk to your nurse or doctor about medicines that might be right for you.

You have the power to make changes to improve your health. 

Additional Resources

American Heart Association: www.heart.org
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  www.nhlbi.org
Office on Women's Health: www.womenshealth.gov
WomenHeart:  www.womenheart.org

Disclaimer: While PCNA strives to provide reliable, up-to-date health information, this and other PCNA education materials are for informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your healthcare provider can diagnose and treat a medical problem.