Healthy Aging to Prevent Heart Disease

Older Women Exercising42 million women in the U.S. live with heart disease. It is the leading cause of death among women. Heart disease claims the lives of more women every year than any form of cancer. It causes one in three deaths among women. In honor of National Heart Health Awareness Month, we have pulled together a variety of resources to help educate women on heart disease. We hope you will share this information with the women in your life.

Know Your Risk for Heart Disease

One of the first steps to preventing heart disease is knowing what your risk is for developing it. These tools will help you assess your personal risk factors:

  • Take the Go Red Heart CheckUp. This online risk assessment was developed especially for women. In just a few minutes you can use this free tool to evaluate your risk.

  • Heart Disease Risk Calculator from the Mayo Clinic is another quiz you can quickly take online. While it isn’t specific to women, it was developed by the highly regarded Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Develop a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Preventing heart disease starts with adopting a heart healthy lifestyle that focuses on diet, exercise, and stress management. A few resources that make it easier are:

  • Live Healthy from the Go Red for Women initiative. This online resource provides tips for managing stress, recipes for heart healthy meals, and much more.

  • Heart Hub is a comprehensive site developed by the American Heart Association for people with heart disease or those at risk for heart disease. You can watch videos, view and print recipes, listen to podcasts and more.

  • Heart Health and Stroke was created by, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They share a variety of guides, tip sheets and other tools designed to help women make heart smart choices in their daily lives.

Go Red for Women is inviting women of all backgrounds to participate in what they believe is a groundbreaking new project, Health eHeart Study. There is no cost to join the cause! Have more questions on healthy aging? Contact us at 989.652.3470 today.