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Heart Disease Prevention and Support Services

Haven’t Been Screened for Heart Disease or Stroke?

Now’s the time. Schedule a free screening today. Family gatherings. Bedtimes. Road trips. None of these would be the same without you there. Take advantage of life-saving cardiovascular screenings with the CFY-WISEWOMAN Program so you can be around for countless memories to come. Contact us or call 1-866-339-7909.

Why Are Cardiovascular Screenings Important?

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.? In 2006, 315,930 women died from this disease, which is more than 1 in every 4 women. What’s even more alarming is that almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Another worrisome cardiac-related disease? Stroke. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, whereas every four minutes someone dies of a stroke. It’s also a leading cause of serious long-term disability. That’s why it’s so important you get screened for cardiovascular issues, especially if you have any symptoms of heart disease or stroke, including:

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Chest Discomfort – The most common heart attack symptoms for women are chest pain or discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Upper Body Discomfort – Women are more likely than men to be short of breath, have nausea/vomiting, and have back or jaw pain. Symptoms can start as mild discomfort and progress to significant pain.
  • Shortness of Breath – This can happen with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other Signs – These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

If you think you’re having a heart attack, DO NOT DELAY. Treating a heart attack quickly is important. CALL 9-1-1 if these signs are present!

Stroke Warning Signs

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you think you are having a stroke, DO NOT DELAY. Treating a stroke quickly is important. CALL 9-1-1 if these signs are present! Even if you have no symptoms of stroke, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

Heart Disease and Stroke Risk Factors

Having a risk factor doesn’t mean you’ll have heart disease or a stroke. It simply means it’s important to receive early detection screening services. Risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Alcohol Use
  • Diabetes
  • Family History
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Blood Cholesterol
  • Overweight or Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Poor Diet
  • Race or Ethnicity
  • Smoking or Vaping

Although you can’t control your age, race or family history, you can change your nutrition, physical activity, tobacco habits and weight to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Early detection could save your life. Although not all heart attacks and strokes can be prevented, finding risk factors early means earlier treatment, which can lead to a better outcome. You can also help reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by talking to your doctor about your risks and medical history.

CFY-WISEWOMAN Program Services and Resources

Office Visits with a Participating Healthcare Providers

  • Blood Pressure Measurements
  • Cholesterol and Diabetes Screenings
  • Height, Weight, Hip and Waist Measurements
  • Risk Reduction Counseling

Referrals and Access to Healthy Behavior Support Services

  • Health Coaching
  • Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
  • Noom for Weight Loss Program
  • Quitline Iowa
  • Walk With Ease Program
  • Weight Watchers®
  • Referrals to Other Community-Based Resources

They count on you. You can count on us. You have so many people who love and need you. Don’t put off important health screenings because you’re worried you can’t afford them.

Contact us to see if you’re eligible for free or low-cost cardiovascular screenings with the CFY-WISEWOMAN Program.