The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) would like to express its gratitude to all of the women whose pictures and stories appear in this handbook. They have shared their stories from the heart to help other women understand that heart disease is not just a statistic, but a disease that affects the lives of real women, of all ages and backgrounds, in every community in our country.
We are also pleased to announce that this edition of "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women" marks the 20th anniversary of this publication. Since the first edition rolled off the presses in 1987, this best-selling NHLBI book has reached hundreds of thousands of women with a vital, empowering message: You can take action to protect your heart health. As always, we hope that the stories of courage and healing in these pages will continue to inspire readers to act to protect their own health and well being. Thank you!
The White House
I applaud you for taking the opportunity to learn more about women and heart disease. The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written and produced by experts at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of health as part of it's the heart Truth campaign, offers the most up-to-date information on women's heart disease and practical strategies for how to reduce your risk.
Like many women, I had always assumed that heart disease affects mostly men. Yet heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. But the good news is that education, prevention, and even a little red dress can save women's lives.
Thanks to The Heart Truth®, the red dress has become the national symbol of women's heart health. Women all across the country are taking the message to heart, wearing The Heart Truth Red Dress pins, sharing the message with friends and family, and talking to their doctors about their personal risk for heart disease.
I am encouraged by the progress we are making in increasing awareness of women's heart disease, and I urge you to share the information that you learn in this easy-to-use handbook and help spread The Heart Truth.
With best wishes,
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Last Updated: February 29, 2012