Know Your Risk

What if keeping your blood pressure in check today could mean that you may not have to worry about heart disease or 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 that she could have done one more thing. So often, taking care of yourself can fall to the bottom of your list, but knowing and managing your risk for heart disease and stroke could help save your life.

The good news is the majority of cardiovascular deaths are preventable.

Give yourself one less thing to worry about. Learn about your risk today and take charge of your health.

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High Blood Pressure and Women

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

Managing a Woman's Risk Throughout Her Life

Being a woman means you may have an increased risk of high blood pressure, and therefore a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Pregnancy, the use of birth control and changes that occur in the body during 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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High blood pressure is just one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Here are some other resources to help you improve your overall cardiovascular health and reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease.

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

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.

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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.