In October 2020, Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., issued a Call to Action urging Americans to recognize and address hypertension control as a national, public health priority. The Call to Action to Control Hypertension provides strategies for those on the frontlines of health care and public health to address this costly, dangerous and far too common chronic health condition. The focus on prioritizing heart health has grown amid this Call to Action and the CDC’s recommendation that employers should now provide coverage for automated home blood pressure monitors.
According to a recent WTW report 72% of employers indicated they would promote DEI-related aspects of their benefit programs. But women’s heart health may not immediately be top of mind.
Given the prevalence and impact of heart disease in women, organizations should evaluate how they can address heart health as a key component of women’s overall health and wellness and explore solutions to help close the gap in women’s heart health. Heart health is women’s health.
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One of the most effective things that women can do is track and manage their current health conditions, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers additional heart disease prevention tips:
The Yale School of Medicine highlights four common, medically-approved recommendations options that have been shown to help women reduce their risk of developing or treating heart disease:
Have you or a loved one been impacted by a chronic heart condition? Help champion women’s heart health by sharing your story and raise awareness of heart disease in women, and encourage women to take control of their heart health.