High blood pressure—also known as hypertension—is a major risk factor for heart disease. Young and middle aged women may think of high blood pressure as something that happens later in life, but high blood pressure can occur at any age and during pregnancy. Women should have their blood pressure checked at least once a year and talk to a health care provider about what their numbers mean for them.
Use these resources to encourage women to know their blood pressure numbers and learn ways to keep it under control.
Use these resources to learn more about high blood pressure, track your numbers, self-care, and more.
- Pregnancy and Your Heart Health fact sheet (English and Spanish)
- High Blood Pressure and Women fact sheet (English and Spanish)
- Questions to Ask About Your Blood Pressure fact sheet (English and Spanish)
- Self-care Tips for Heart Health fact sheet
- Healthy Blood Pressure for Healthy Hearts: Small Steps to Take Control fact sheet (English and Spanish)
- Healthy Blood Pressure for Healthy Hearts: Tracking Your Numbers fact sheet (English and Spanish)
- My Blood Pressure Wallet Card (English and Spanish)
Social Media Resources
- The First Step: The right way to measure your blood pressure
- Black women and blood pressure
- Hispanic women and blood pressure
- Young women and blood pressure
- Pregnancy and blood pressure
- The Issue: High blood pressure and women
- The Signs: Self-care and knowing the possible warning signs
- Heart-Healthy Pregnancy Registry
- Warning Signs of a Heart Problem During Pregnancy
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