February marks American Heart Month, a time to reflect on the sobering fact that heart disease remains the #1 killer of American women and men—and a time to celebrate those who are working to advance heart disease research and care as well as raise awareness of heart disease risk factors and ways to reduce them.
This month, the NHLBI reaffirms its commitment to helping Americans take steps to reduce their risk of developing heart disease. The Institute has partnered with Million Hearts, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Through The Heart Truth® campaign, the NHLBI continues to make great strides in raising women's awareness of heart disease and motivating them to find out their personal risk and take action to reduce it. The campaign is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Meanwhile, NHLBI-supported researchers are working hard to increase our knowledge of heart disease and to develop improved methods for its prevention and treatment.
During February, the NHLBI and many of its partners are hosting activities to celebrate a decade of progress and to continue to urge American women to take charge of their heart health. Highlights include:
Events like these raise awareness, and awareness leads to action. Increasing numbers of Americans know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and with your help spreading The Heart Truth, those numbers will rise higher still. Put your heart into it!
To learn more about American Heart Month activities, read today's news release and check out these other resources as well: