Know Your Risk

What if keeping your blood pressure in check today could mean that you may not have to worry about stroke tomorrow?

We’ve never met a woman who didn’t wake up with her mind set on crossing off something from her to-do list and who didn’t fall asleep worried she could’ve done one more thing. Being a woman means you may have an increased risk of high blood pressure, and therefore a higher risk of stroke. Pregnancy, menopause, or simply being a woman of color may play a part in increasing your risk.

The good news is up to 80% of strokes may be prevented. Give yourself one less thing to worry about. Managing your blood pressure today could help lower your risk for stroke tomorrow.

Give yourself one less thing to worry about.

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High Blood Pressure and Women

Women have unique risks for high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke.

Managing a Woman's Risk Throughout Her Life

Pregnancy, the use of birth control and changes in the years surrounding menopause can increase a woman’s risk for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Reduce Risk At Any Age

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Making healthy choices and reducing your risk for stroke and heart disease
can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Before, During and After Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can impact a woman’s health — and heart — both during her pregnancy and later in life.


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Your chances of developing high blood pressure can increase after menopause. It’s important to focus on your health before and after menopause.

Tools and Resources

How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home Video

Watch our video explaining how to measure and monitor your blood pressure at home.

Talking with your health care professional is the first step to improving your blood pressure

Make the most of your next appointment by answering these six quick questions.

Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

FAST Face drooping Arm weakness Speech difficulty Time to call 911

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of stroke.

National Hypertension Control Initiative

Learn about our community-based initiative supporting blood pressure control in vulnerable communities with self-blood pressure monitoring.