WISEWOMAN: (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) is a cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention program for underserved women aged 35 to 64. It provides screening for CVD risk factors, lifestyle counseling to improve diet and physical activity, clinical referral and follow-up services. Women who participate in WISEWOMAN also receive breast and cervical cancer screening through the Show Me Healthy Women (SMHW) program. WISEWOMAN is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- 80,700,000 American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease.
- Cardiovascular disease includes stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, birth heart defects, hardening of the blood vessels, and other diseases of the circulatory system.
- One in 3 female adults have some form of cardiovascular disease.
- In 2004, cardiovascular disease caused about a death a minute among females.
- In 2004, 460,000 female lives were lost due to cardiovascular disease.
- More female lives were lost due to cardiovascular disease than by cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, accidents, and diabetes combined.
- 49% of Black/African-American women have cardiovascular disease.
- 35% of non-Hispanic white women have cardiovascular disease.
- 34.4% of Mexican-American women have cardiovascular disease.
- Screening and diagnostic services can be provided for male-to-female transgender clients who have/are taking hormones as long as they meet program eligibility guidelines.
- The CDC doesn't make a recommendation on routine screening with this population; transgender women are eligible under federal law to receive appropriate cancer screening.
- CDC recommends providers discuss the benefits and harms of screening all eligible women to determine if screening is medically indicated.
WISEWOMAN appointments are scheduled in conjunction with Show Me Healthy Women visits. To schedule an appointment call our Forsyth location at 417-546-4725 or toll-free 1-888-707-4725. Eligibility requirements include SMHW client, residence, and income. (See SMHW eligibility guidelines.)
1Source: Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics – 2008 Update, American Heart Association