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Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America and basic changes in diet and exercise can make the difference between life and death. Women are less likely than men to believe they are having a heart attack and more likely to delay in seeing emergency treatment. Recognizing heart attacks can be more difficult in women because they tend to have less “typical” symptoms. Women are more likely than men to experience some of the less common symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. See Signs of a Heart Attack.

It is important for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make the choices that are best for their hearts. Here are a few easy tips to follow to make Healthy Lifestyle Choices!

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Women Take Heart™ is a free community education program that blends hands-on instruction with expert speakers to equip women and their families with tools and resources to improve their heart health. Highlights include:

  • Healthy cooking demos and ingredient substitution tips
  • Movement classes
  • Hands-Only™ CPR training
  • Blood pressure checks and other screenings
  • Goal setting strategies

For scheduling, contact Brittany Krein at 425.456.8712 or bkrein@hopeheart.org

Women Take Heart Program Overview

The Heart Truth Community Action Grant

The Hope Heart Institute is one of four organizations nationwide to receive The Heart Truth Community Action Grant sponsored by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) as part of a public-private partnership with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

The $150,000 grant is being used to integrate The Heart Truth, the NHLBI’s national education program for women about heart disease, and National Wear Red Day® with The Hope Heart Institute’s Women Take HeartTM Program. These initiatives help raise awareness about women’s heart disease symptoms and provide women with practical and effective tools for healthier living. Sub-grantees include the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County (YWCA), Mercy Housing Northwest, Global to Local, Valley Medical Center and CanCan Health.

As part of this program, we have developed a 10-session Women Take Heart Curriculum series that has been translated into Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese.  The class topics include:

  • Know Your Risk for Heart Disease
  • Emergency Preparedness and CPR/AED Training
  • Physical Activity
  • Blood Pressure and Sodium Intake
  • Cholesterol and Fat
  • Diabetes and Blood Sugar
  • Portions and Eating Plans
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Family History and Review
  • Smoking Cessation

All materials and instructions on how to plan, implement, and evaluate the series can be found here. Please contact Carrie Nass, cnass@hopeheart.org if you have questions about the Women Take Heart Curriculum or The Heart Truth Campaign.  

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