A Woman's Guide to Protect Her Heart

A woman’s guide to protect her heart, is an educational guidebook customized for women by women. It will empower you to take control of your own heart health by being fully informed of the unique risk factors that increase your risk of heart disease—the #1 killer of women in the United States.

Along with the known risk factors like family history, high cholesterol, diet and other lifestyle behaviors, we are seeing a new trend in women having heart risk factors related to pregnancy, menopause, auto immune conditions, even cancer treatment, which are unique to women and are becoming increasingly relevant when assessing risk for heart disease.

We encourage you to learn the truth about heart disease and the risk it poses to women; know how to act, by getting yourself and your loved ones screened and tested; and through this shared action, together we will live.

It’s time to start taking care of you!

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Stroke—it can happen to you

If an artery that carries blood to the brain is blocked, that part of the brain can be damaged. This is a stroke. A stroke can cause problems with reasoning, speech and movement. It can even be fatal.

Learn more about women’s stroke risk

Listen to your heart—especially when it skips a beat

It’s normal to have occasional fast, fluttering or skipped heartbeats. However, when arrhythmias are prolonged or cause other symptoms, they’re a problem.

Learn more about arrhythmias

History of preeclampsia? Know your cardiovascular risk

Preeclampsia is a problem that may develop during pregnancy. This condition can lead to health risks for you and your baby during pregnancy, including premature delivery, seizures and stroke.

Learn more about preeclampsia heart risks

Gestational diabetes and your heart

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. Not all mothers-to-be develop it, but all women should be tested for it after six months of pregnancy.

Learn more about your heart risk with gestational diabetes

Postpartum cardiomyopathy: A rare but serious risk

Postpartum (or peripartum) cardiomyopathy is a form of heart failure (weakening of the heart muscle) that strikes women at the end of pregnancy or shortly after delivery.

Learn more about postpartum cardiomyopathy

Menopause and heart disease risk

Taking care of your health is important at any age, but it’s even more important after menopause. Learn what you can do for your heart health, then make lifestyle changes and see your doctor for screenings.

Learn more about your heart risk with menopause

After menopause, be mindful of your heart

No matter when you begin menopause, focus on factors you can change—adopt a healthier lifestyle to lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and other health issues. It’s never too late to start.

Learn more about taking care of your heart after menopause

Some cancer treatments may injure your heart

If you have cancer, you might not be thinking about your heart. But it’s good to be aware that certain cancer treatments can harm the heart and blood vessels.

Learn more about your heart risk with some cancer treatments

Essential screening tests for heart health

There are many heart health tests available. Please talk to your health care provider to see which tests are right for you.

Learn more about essential heart screening tests

Have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus? Watch your heart

If you have RA or lupus, it is important to understand your heart disease risks. To live a heart-healthy lifestyle, be proactive and talk to your health care provider regarding your heart risk.

Learn more about your heart risks with RA or lupus

Myths and facts

Learn the truth about some common myths about women and their heart health.

Read about some common women’s heart myths