Every woman needs to know about heart disease.

The Heart Truth is that heart disease is the #1 killer of American women. In fact, one in three women dies of heart disease. But heart disease also can lead to disability and a significantly decreased quality of life.

Unfortunately, most women don't know The Heart Truth. Only about a third know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women.

And The Heart Truth is that women don't take their risk of heart disease seriously—or personally. Women often fail to make the connection between risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and their own chance of developing heart disease.

Goal of the Campaign
To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and partner organizations are sponsoring a national campaign called The Heart Truth. The campaign's goal is to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk of heart disease.

The campaign tells women that "The Heart Truth starts with you. Talk to your doctor, find out your risk, and take action today to lower it."