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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 following highlights resources on women's health and work being conducted by the AMA and other key institutions. Some of the websites here will take you off of the AMA website. A listing here 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 number one 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 one in three women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 31 women who will die of breast cancer.

The AMA's Improving Health Outcomes initiative seeks to address heart disease and stroke by focusing on high blood pressure, a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.



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) recently launched Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today, 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™ toolkit includes a diabetes risk assessment and other resources for health care professionals.

If you are interested in engaging with the AMA's Improving Health Outcomes strategic focus areas on quality improvement efforts around CVD and type 2 diabetes, please email sara.alafogianis@ama-assn.org.

Advocacy for Women's Health