6 things every woman should know about heart health

Get annual checkups

It’s important to get annual checkups to assess heart-health risk and take action, Mieres said. Prepare for the appointment, much as you would when gathering documents to meet with a financial adviser.

“You go to your accountant at tax time, and you don’t show up empty-handed,” she said.

Be prepared to discuss any family history of heart disease or other concerns. “You should not be passive. You should have a conversation.”

Become knowledgeable of your key health numbers, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. For example, blood pressure of less than 120/80 is considered normal.