WISEWOMAN

 
The Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation, or WISEWOMAN, program works to provide cardiovascular screenings, risk reduction counseling, referrals, lifestyle programs and other healthy behavior support options to improve control of hypertension and other cardiovascular disease risk factors.
 
To join WISEWOMAN in Colorado, you must also be a participant in the Women's Wellness Connection. Use these guidelines to find out if you're eligible for participation in both programs.
 
Find an online map of clinics, our clinics listed by county and numbers to call to find a clinic near you.
 
Why get screened?
Addressing risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, inactivity, diabetes and smoking greatly reduces a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease-related illness and death.​
  • Heart disease and stroke kill more Coloradans than any other disease (1).
  • Among Colorado women, 22.7 percent have high blood pressure and 29.8 percent have high cholesterol (2).
  • Colorado women living at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level are twice as likely to be diagnosed by a healthcare professional with diabetes or heart disease, and are more likely to have other heart disease risk factors, such as: being overweight or obese, smoking tobacco, low physical activity levels, low fruit and vegetable intake, and high sugary drink consumption (2). 
  • Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, the leading cause for African-Americans and whites and for  American Indians or Alaska Natives, heart disease and cancer are tied . For Hispanic and Asian-American women, heart disease is second only to cancer as a cause of death (3).
  • Almost two-thirds of the women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
Sources:
  1. Colorado Health Information Dataset ([CoHID], 2016
  2. Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Survey [BRFSS], 2015
  3. Heron M. Deaths: Leading causes for 2016pdf icon [PDF-2.3M]. National Vital Statistics Reports. 2018;67(6).