Advancing Women’s Health
Reduce the rates of heart-related death in your patients by following gender-based screening guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).
By: Dorothy Adcock, MD and Haywood Brown, MD
A 2018 presidential advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that less than half of all primary care physicians consider cardiovascular disease (CVD) a top concern in women after breast health and weight.1 During child-bearing years, a majority of woman consider their OB/GYN to be their primary care physician.
Development of gender-based guidelines has led to—and if applied properly, can continue to lead to—a significant reduction in the rates of death among women.
The 2019 guidelines for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the AHA offers guidance to clinicians who provide women’s healthcare based on age: