• Heart Failure Risk & Other Heart Conditions

    Heart failure can be caused by any type of disease or condition that damages the heart muscle directly or makes the heart work harder to pump out blood, such as coronary artery disease (below), atrial fibrillation, heart valve disease, and congenital heart defects. These conditions are closely connected: they share many of the same risk factors, and once you

  • Alcohol, Drugs and Heart Failure Risk

    Alcohol, Drugs and Heart Failure Risk

    How does drinking alcohol affect my risk of heart failure? The heavy, long-term use of alcohol can damage the heart muscle by causing it to weaken and stretch, resulting in a condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy, also called alcoholic heart muscle disease, can eventually lead to heart failure in both women and men.  It is not known

  • Evaluating Your Stroke Risk

    How can I find out my stroke risk? Knowing your risk is the first step in taking control of your own cardiovascular health. To estimate your risk of stroke, you can use a tool called a risk calculator. By answering a few questions and putting in a few of your test numbers (such as blood pressure and cholesterol), you can get a

  • Preventing PAD: The Basics

    PAD affects nearly 4 million American women. The good news is that in many cases PAD is preventable. Knowing your personal PAD risk factors and taking steps to control them can dramatically reduce your risk of developing PAD and its complications, including leg amputation, heart attack, stroke, and even death. Step 1: Know Your Risk Factors for PAD

  • Am I At Risk for PAD?

    One of every six women who live past the age of 65 will develop PAD. Your risk of developing PAD depends on characteristics and conditions you have that increase your PAD risk, called risk factors. The conditions below all make a woman more likely to develop PAD, and you can minimize your risk by getting

  • Age – Menopause and Heart Failure

    Age – Menopause and Heart Failure

    How does age affect my risk of heart failure? A woman’s risk of developing heart failure dramatically increases with age, as seen in the figure below. As we age, so does our heart. Pumping the equivalent of about 1 million barrels of blood in an average lifetime through 60,000 miles of blood vessels takes its