Women's Health

A Healthy World for Women and Girls

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Two out of every three caregivers in the United States are women. This means they provide daily or regular support to children, adults, or people with chronic illnesses or disabilities. Women caregivers have a greater risk for poor physical and mental health, including depression and anxiety. The COVID-19 pandemic can add even more stressors to caregiving. Learn how you can manage caring for yourself and others.

Heart disease in women. Have you checked your blood pressure today? High blood pressure or hypertension is a top risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

This year’s National Women’s Blood Pressure Awareness Week (NWBPAW) highlights the importance of blood pressure control and monitoring among all women, with an emphasis on women ages 18-44. CDC estimates that 27.7% of women have hypertension (high blood pressure). Nearly 50% of these women have uncontrolled hypertension. Women of reproductive age (18-44) with hypertension are at an increased risk for mortality due to cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. NWBPAW provides information to empower women to take control of their health by sharing everyday actions they can take to maintain a healthy blood pressure and improve their overall heart health. For more information and to access NWBPAW resources, visit HHS Office of Women’s health website.external icon

Hear Her Campaign- cdc.gov/hearher

Over 700 women die each year in this country from problems related to pregnancy or delivery complications. Every death is a tragedy, especially when we know that two thirds of pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented. CDC’s new Hear Her campaign features compelling stories from women about their experiences during or after pregnancy. They share how pregnancy-related complications or conditions have affected them and how they got help.

Page last reviewed: December 1, 2020
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