GE Privacy

Introduction: protecting your privacy, enhancing your online experience

When it comes to data privacy, protecting your personal information is most important. We feel it’s also important to give you, your colleagues, and your family members a voice in the development of this web site and your overall experience with it. To do this, we need to collect certain types of information to help us evaluate how the HealthAhead web site is being used, so we can continually improve your experience and the content we offer to you. By tracking overall usage patterns, providing an easy channel for your feedback, and allowing you to tell us what content is most useful to you, we can refine our offerings and provide more of the content you personally find valuable.

Overall, we are committed to giving you the option to participate – or not participate – in a manner that’s right for you. Read more for how we do this.

Information we collect and how we use it

Identifiable Information Collecting

All methods of identifying yourself to GE will be optional and opt-in, may be updated by you at any time, and will not be required for all areas of the web site.

We will not collect any identifiable user information from the areas of the HealthAhead web site which do not require SSO (Single Sign On), unique User ID (Identification), and/or Password.

There are areas of the web site that require you to identify yourself to us (authenticate). This allows you to access certain parts of the web site that may otherwise be restricted for privacy and security purposes.

There are also areas that may provide the option to create a personalized profile. The information you provide is optional and what you tell us will determine the level of personalization you will experience.

Access to identifiable information is restricted to internal, administrative personnel and solely for purposes of providing web site support, awarding prizes and other recognition, and customizing the web site content and overall functionality for the user. However, we will also allow you to change your mind and opt-out of sharing personal information with us at any time.

Non-Identifiable Information Collecting

When you visit the HealthAhead web site, we track, collect and report on certain aggregate and non- identifiable information. In other words, the information we collect does not relate to a single identifiable visitor. It tells us things such as how many users visited our web site and what pages they viewed.

This non-identifiable data will be collected and stored in a secure database in the U.S., and may be viewed by GE. We will analyze this information to refine our web site to better reflect user preferences, such as the type of content users are searching for most, and to improve the usability of the web site and the user’s web site experience. The information may also be used for purposes of promoting the web site. The data will not be used for medical analysis or other medical purposes.


Like many web sites, the HealthAhead web site uses browser cookies – bits of text placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit. We use them to tell us things like whether you’ve visited us before, and to help us identify features in which you may have the greatest interest. We also use cookies to track country and language selection.

In the future, we may use cookies to track additional details, such as city and state.

We keep this information unless you don’t wish GE to capture this and choose to delete your cookie history. If you wish to stop accepting new browser cookies, get notification when you receive a new cookie, or disable existing cookies, the “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how. Keep in mind, without browser cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our web site features or have your preferences saved for future visits.

We also use Flash cookies on the web site to enhance your online experience. These are similar to browser cookies, but they store data more complex than simple text. Flash cookies, by themselves, cannot do anything to or with the data on your computer. In addition, Flash cookies cannot access or remember your email address or other personal information unless you provide the information on this web site.

Web Beacons

Certain pages on our web site contain “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons obtain information such as the time the page was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies. Web beacon data does not include IP address. The web beacon data is stored at Google Analytics, a third party (see ‘Tracking and Reporting’ for more information on this technology).

Tracking and Reporting

Specifically we will track, collect and report on the following data using software from Google Analytics. For more information about Google Analytics, including information about how to opt out of these technologies, go to

Our primary metrics include: Poll response rate, repeat visits, number of times content is shared, and visits by country.

The sub-metrics include:

Most Popular Content Types, Most Popular Content Topics, User Pathing, Exit Links, Bounce Rate, Traffic by Source (region), Time on Web site, Visit Time of Day, Unique Views/Page Views, Thumps Up/Down, Most Shared Content, Number of Times Content is Rated, Most Rated Content by Type, Language Selection.

We will also be tracking how much communicators, web site leaders and other HealthAhead operations teams are leveraging the web site to support and align their business, regional and web site specific efforts. Some of these metrics may be tracked using existing support central tools.

These metrics may include:

Number of Content Submissions by Region, Number of non-corporate Driven Promotions by RCs, Number of Promotional Downloads by Region, Support Central Survey

Feedback Form

Your feedback is important to the web site’s ongoing development, so we’d love to hear your opinions and ideas. To contact us, please use this Feedback form. We will not be able to respond directly, but all feedback will be reviewed, evaluated, and factored into future content decisions. Please note: this form is monitored by IT support staff only. Please do not submit any personal or medical information. And thank you in advance!

Poll and Quiz Responses

On the web site, we will conduct polls and quizzes to better understand user activities, attitudes, interests and knowledge across multiple health topics. These polls may also help us serve you better by asking questions that relate to the usefulness of our web site. We will not capture any personally identifiable information through the collection of poll response data. As part of these polls and quizzes, we will capture responses sorted by country. In the future, we may capture responses sorted by additional anonymous demographics such as language, affiliated GE business, work web site location, gender, etc.

Sharing Content with Family and Friends

We want you to share the web site’s content with important people in your life, so most articles, videos and slideshows can be emailed. To do so, we will ask you to provide your name and the recipient’s email address. We simply use this information to send the content as you request. At this time, we do not capture or store your, or the recipient’s, email address. Please see below to learn how we track and report on email sharing activity.

Please also review GE’s Social Media Guidelines

How we protect information

GE maintains administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of any information you provide on this web site. We use secure socket layer (SSL) technology to help keep the information you provide on this web site secure. See ‘Information We Share’ and ‘Information We Transfer’ for additional details.

Information we share

We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about our visitors, except as described here. We may share information provided by visitors with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are contractually restricted from using or disclosing the information, except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or comply with legal requirements. In addition, we may disclose information about you if we are required to do so by law or legal process; to law enforcement authorities or other government officials; or when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

Information we transfer

We may transfer the information we collect on this web site to other countries where we do business, but only for the purposes described above. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will protect that information as described here unless otherwise required by applicable laws.

Links to other web sites

We provide links to other web sites for your convenience and information. These web sites may have their own privacy statements in place, which we recommend you review if you visit any linked web sites. We are not responsible for the content of linked web sites or any use of the web sites.

Children’s privacy

This web site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the web site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of thirteen, we will delete the information from our records.

Some links on this web site may take web site visitors to web sites that are directed to children. These web sites have their own privacy notices that address children’s privacy. We encourage you to read these privacy notices if you visit any linked web sites directed to children.

Updates to our privacy & data policy

This Privacy & Data Policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our online information practices. We will post a notice on this web site to notify you of any significant changes to our Privacy & Data Policy, and indicate at the top of this policy when it was most recently updated.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy & Data Policy, or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us by visiting our Feedback Form.

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Stroke Prevention for Women

According to the National Stroke Association, more women than men suffer from stroke, and most stroke- related deaths occur in women. In fact, stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer each year. Fortunately, many strokes can be prevented by treating underlying risk factors, focusing on a healthy diet, and making a habit of moderate exercise. Take the right steps toward long-term prevention today.

What are your risk factors?

The first step toward prevention is knowing which conditions and activities increase your risk. Some risk factors can’t be changed, including:

  • Your gender: Women are at greater risk.
  • Your age: Those over age 55 are at greater risk.
  • Your ethnicity: African-Americans are at greater risk.
  • Your medical history: previous stroke or heart attack increases your risk.
  • Your family history: A history of stroke in your family puts you at greater risk.

Many risk factors can be prevented or controlled to reduce your chance of stroke, such as:

  • High cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Taking birth control pills
  • Drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per day

1. Monitor your diet.

Excess body weight strains your circulatory system, increasing your stroke risk. The American Heart Association recommends a balanced diet low in calories with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.

Fruit and vegetables may be particularly important in preventing stroke. One study shows that eating five to six servings of fruit per day can reduce stroke risk by one-third. Other diet tips to keep in mind include:

  • Avoiding trans fats such as hydrogenated fats
  • Reducing foods high in saturated fats such as butter, cheese, and fatty meats
  • Reducing your salt intake if you have high blood pressure
  • Monitoring your blood sugar if you have diabetes

2. Manage your exercise.

Diet and exercise go  hand-in-hand  in helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Aerobic exercise specifically helps to reduce your stroke risk by:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Increasing “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein)
  • Improving overall health of heart and blood vessels
  • Reducing stress
  • Helping to control diabetes

The Mayo Clinic recommends engaging  in moderate physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week for long-term stroke prevention. Start out exercising five to 10 minutes at a time and gradually work your way up to 30 minutes of non-stop activity, such as:

  • Walking
  • Bicycling
  • Swimming
  • Jogging

3. Quit smoking.

The National Stroke Association warns that smoking cigarettes doubles your risk for stroke. It makes the heart work harder by:

  • Damaging the walls of your blood vessels
  • Speeding up artery clogging
  • Raising your blood pressure

When you quit smoking, you reduce your risk. Several years after quitting, your risk of stroke will be the same as that of a nonsmoker.

4. Limit alcohol use.

Many studies have shown a link between alcohol consumption and stroke. While moderate drinking for men is defined as two drinks per day, more than a single drink per day (one four oz. glass of wine or one
12 oz. bottle of beer) is considered heavy drinking for women.

Drinking more than one alcoholic beverage a day can increase a woman’s risk of high blood pressure, as well as that of ischemic and  hemorrhagic  strokes. For long-term stroke prevention, most doctors recommend avoiding alcohol, or drinking only in moderation.

5. Monitor your risks from pharmaceutical drugs.

Widely used drugs, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), affect the ability of blood to coagulate and repair broken blood vessels, increasing the risk of stroke. A University of Berne, Switzerland study on NSAIDs of more than 100,000 patients showed that when taken regularly, most NSAIDs greatly increased the risk of stroke and heart attack. When taken regularly, ibuprofen, an over-the-counter pain medication, increased the risk of stroke by more than three times. Antidepressant drugs that inhibit serotonin reuptake in the brain have been shown to increase the risk of ischemic strokes in elderly, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Blood thinning drugs may protect from the ischemic type of stroke, as they prevent blood from clotting. However, they increase bleeding and can expose you to a higher risk of the hemorrhagic stroke. A report published in the journal Neurology shows a statistical link between the blood thinning drug Warfarin and risk of hemorrhagic  stroke. Talk to your doctor about the well-known risks of these and other drugs, especially if you are taking more than one drug, including aspirin.

6. Talk to your doctor.

While many of the measures for stroke prevention are the same or similar for men and women, there are a few special considerations for women. For example, a woman’s risk for stroke goes up when taking oral contraceptives. If you currently take birth control pills, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of oral contraceptives versus other types of birth control. Your healthcare professional can provide guidance for managing other risk factors as well, to give you the best chance for keeping stroke at bay in later years.