Prevention is key to keeping women’s hearts healthy and disease free

By Sara Grimley, M.D.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women in New Jersey, but it's important to remember that there are preventative measures women can take to help decrease this risk factor.

“Heart disease can take years to develop in women, leaving it undetected at times,” says Sara Grimley, M.D. cardiologist and medical director of The Women’s Heart Connection for Meridian Health. “Because of this, women should keep the health of their heart top of mind, at any age.”

Prevention is the key when it comes to keeping a woman’s heart healthy and disease free. Some things women can do to reduce their risk include stopping smoking, exercising, keeping a healthy weight by eating nutritious and whole foods, keeping an eye on blood pressure and cholesterol, and checking in annually with a primary care physician.

Meridian Women’s Heart Connection is a program aimed at building awareness of women’s heart disease and keeping the women in our community informed and healthy. This unique program is designed to promote education, awareness and a feeling of unity for women throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

By becoming a member of this free program, women can take advantage of several free programs regarding heart health, discounts at some Meridian Health events, e-newsletters, annual wellness reminder on your birthday, and access to the Meridian Women’s Heart Connection online community.

For more information, or to sign-up, please call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit