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Heart Disease and Stroke

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Research, Recommendations and Guidelines


National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 6, 2015
Wear red on National Wear Red Day (the first Friday in February) to help raise awareness about heart disease in women, but don't stop there. Make sure you know the signs of a heart attack, ask your doctor questions about heart health, and learn how to lower your risk for heart disease.


Stroke is the second-leading cause of death for people aged 60 years or older worldwide. Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death and is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. Women have a higher lifetime risk for stroke than men because they live longer, on average. Women also are more likely to die from a stroke.

Million Hearts and Eating-Well Magazine Launch Heart-healthy Nutrition Resource
The resource center features lower-sodium, heart-healthy recipes and family-friendly meal plans, with an emphasis on managing sodium intake, a major contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Million Hearts: Prevalence of Leading Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors — United States, 2005–2012
Although trends in some measures are encouraging, further reductions of CVD risk factors will be needed to meet Million Hearts goals by 2017. In 2009–2010, prevalence of recommended aspirin use was greater among men (58.5%) than women (48.0%). The prevalence of blood pressure control in 2011–2012 was greater among women (54.6%) than men (48.9%). Mean daily sodium intake was greater among men (4,225 mg) than among women (2,976 mg). In 2011–2012, current tobacco product smoking was greater among men (30.3%) than women (20.4%).

Stroke Awareness
Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. Although stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability, a quick response when the stroke occurs can help minimize brain damage and shorten the recovery period.

Women and Heart Health Awareness
Learn about heart disease in women and how to lower your risk.


Hypertension Among Adults in the United States: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011-2012
Men (80.2%) and women (85.4%) were alike in their awareness of hypertension. More women (80.6%) than men (70.9%) reported taking antihypertensive medication. The percentage of controlled hypertension among adults was higher for women (55.2%) than for men (49.3%).

Total and High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol in Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011-2012 
A higher percentage of women (14.4%) than men (11.1%) had high total cholesterol, and a higher percentage of women (71.8%) than men (66.9%) had been screened for cholesterol. However, a lower percentage of women (9.0%) than men (26.4%) had low HDL cholesterol.