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Women's Health Resources

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) aims to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles and to advocate for and advance the understanding of women's health issues.

The resources on this page highlight women's health and work being conducted by the AMA and other key institutions. Some resources link to external sites. A listing does not indicate endorsement by the AMA.

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Cardiovascular Disease

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease (CVD)—which includes heart disease, hypertension and stroke—affects many women. CVD is the No. 1 killer of women worldwide, accounting for one-third of all deaths. In the United States, more than 43 million women are living with CVD, and the at-risk population is even larger. Experts estimate that 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with 1 in 31 women who will die of breast cancer.

The AMA's “Improving Health Outcomes” initiatives include Target: BP™ a national collaboration between the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

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Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes can be especially hard on women. Diabetes increases a woman's risk of having a heart attack. In addition, women with diabetes are more likely to have a heart attack at an earlier age. The burden of diabetes on women is unique because the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children. Gestational diabetes can cause birth-related complications, and increases a woman's risk for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

To address type 2 diabetes, the AMA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act – TodayExternal Link, a multi-year initiative that expands on the robust work each organization has already begun to reach more Americans with prediabetes and stop the progression to type 2 diabetes, one of the nation's most debilitating chronic diseases.

The Prevent Diabetes STAT™ toolkitExternal Link includes an array of tools and resources that support physicians and their care teams in their diabetes prevention efforts.
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To engage with the AMA's “Improving Health Outcomes” strategic focus areas on quality improvement efforts around CVD and type 2 diabetes, please email  iho-info@ama-assn.org.

Advocacy for Women's Health