Women's Health E-Update February 2023

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US Food and Drug Administration

Woman holding a large heart in her armsOWH e Alert

February 2023


Message from the Associate Commissioner

Dear Women’s Health Colleagues,

According to CDC, despite increases in awareness over the past decades, only 56% of women recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is committed to advancing knowledge about heart disease in women through our education, outreach, and research efforts. We are excited about new studies underway including one to understand the unique symptoms of women with coronary artery disease, which is the most common type of heart disease. I invite you to learn more about how OWH funded research on heart disease in women has provided valuable insights and bridged important knowledge gaps.   

This American Heart Month, let’s work together to take steps to create awareness among women about reducing risk factors, recognizing symptoms, and making heart healthy changes. We encourage you to share these heart-related resources with your communities: Knowledge and News on Women’s Health (KNOWN) Blog, Heart Health for Women Partner Social Media Toolkit, and other heart health for women resources.


Kaveeta P. Vasisht, M.D., Pharm.D.

Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health

Director, Office of Women’s Health (OWH)



CTA OWHCelebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month! As we honor the contributions of Blacks in America, we want to create awareness of the importance of health and wellness of Black women in the communities we serve.

Please share our important women’s health and safety resources on topics such as diabetes, pregnancy, uterine fibroids, mammography, and healthy aging with your friends, family, community members, and patients. Learn more about OWH and other resources for women at www.fda.gov/womens.

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