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.
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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 is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. In 2006, more than 315,000 women died from it.
- One in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African-Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Hispanics and whites. For Asian-American women, heart disease is second only to cancer.
In 2004, 460,000 female lives were lost due to cardiovascular disease.
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.
Source: Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet, CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention