Women and Heart Disease

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The truth is, you are never too young to be affected by heart disease.

The Women and Heart program provides education, support, comfort and resources for Tri-State women of all ages who have been diagnosed with or who are at risk for heart disease. Women and Heart is a program of The Heart Group and Deaconess.

Get started on keeping your heart healthy!

Am I at Risk?

Understand your risk factors and what you can do to take control of your health.

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Early Signs and Symptoms

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women over the age 30.

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Take Charge of Your Heart Health

Understanding risk factors and early warning signs of heart disease is the first step in taking care of your heart health.  You can reduce your risks through preventive care, by eating well, staying active and watching your weight. It is never too early, or too late, to start making conscious decisions that lead to better health. No matter what your age, following a few simple guidelines will help you get started on your path to better heart health.

  • Know your family history for heart disease. If there is a history of heart disease in your family, your risk for heart disease is greater.
  • Take care of your dental health. Studies show a connection between periodontal disease and heart disease.
  • Don't smoke and limit your exposure to second hand smoke. Smoking is the most preventable cause of heart disease in this country.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol contains empty calories that contribute to weight gain. Alcohol use starts the process of cardiac disease and contributes to high blood pressure.
  • Know and understand your numbers. Your cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and fasting blood sugar can forecast your risk for heart disease. Take the steps to improve your numbers if they are out of range.
  • Talk to your doctor about heart disease, your risk factors and steps you can take to prevent heart problems. Remember, even some doctors may still think of heart disease as primarily man's problem.

Community Events and Education

Deaconess and The Heart Group want to help you be heart healthy. Women and Heart has a variety of education programs to get you started. Explore the Deaconess MyHealth Heart Resource Center to find information about healthy eating, exercise, and understanding your test results. You'll find resources and health articles that  help you learn more about heart disease and related conditions and steps you can take that can lead to better heart health.