You have tremendous power to prevent heart disease—and you can start today. By learning your own personal risk factors and by making healthful lifestyle changes such as improving your diet or increasing your physical activity, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart-related problems. Even if you already have heart disease, you can take steps to lessen its severity. Use the many tools and resources in the sections listed below to find out how to lower your risk of heart disease.
- Awareness of Women's Heart Disease
- Risk Assessment
- Learning About Heart Disease and Taking Action to Lower Risk
- Tracking Healthy Choices
- Healthy Weight
- Heart Healthy Eating
- Lowering Your Blood Pressure
- Lowering Your Cholesterol
- Increasing Your Physical Activity
- Getting More Sleep
Awareness of Women's Heart Disease
- The Heart Truth® for Women Brochure
The program brochure features women telling their own stories about heart disease and provides information about risk factors and a checklist of key questions to ask your doctor.
- The Heart Truth for Women: A Speaker's Kit
The Heart Truth for Women: A Speaker's Kit is easy to use and supplies all you need to hold a one-hour session on heart disease—instructions, overheads, handouts, responses to likely questions, and a compelling video, which features women telling their own stories about how heart disease changed their lives.
Learning About Heart Disease and Taking Action to Lower Risk
- The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women
The 122-page, full-color, 20th anniversary edition of The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women provides the most recent information on women's heart disease and practical suggestions for reducing your own risk.
- The Heart Truth for African American Women: An Action Plan
Provides The Heart Truth facts and figures specific to African American women.
- PDF (2.5MB)
- The Heart Truth for Latinas: An Action Plan
Provides The Heart Truth facts and figures specific to Latinas.
- The NHLBI's Health Topics Website
- Your Guide Series
- Heart Disease Risk Factor Infographics
These infographics explain key modifiable risk factors—smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight or obese, physical inactivity, and diabetes or prediabetes—and steps women can take to protect their heart health.
Tracking Healthy Choices
- The Heart Truth Healthy Action Badges
Become a part of The Heart Truth Healthy Action Community by pledging to take action to reduce your risk of heart disease and encouraging others to join you.
Heart Healthy Eating
- Interactive Menu Planner
- Keep the Beat: Deliciously Healthy Eating Website
- When Delicious Meets Nutritious: Recipes for Heart Health
Features 10 mouth-watering recipes and lists practical tips and substitutions for creating heart healthy versions of your favorite recipes.
Lowering Your Blood Pressure
Lowering Your Cholesterol
Increasing Your Physical Activity
Getting More Sleep
- Your Guide to Healthy Sleep (2.3MB)
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Last Updated: January 22, 2013