The Heart Truth - Campaign Materials
Campaign Materials


  1. Know your risk factors for heart disease.

  2. Talk to your doctor about how to lower your risk for heart disease.

  3. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.

  4. Know your cholesterol numbers. [These include total cholesterol, HDL or "good" cholesterol, LDL or "bad" cholesterol, and triglycerides.]

  5. Have your blood sugar level checked for diabetes.

  6. Do not smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products and limit your exposure to secondhand smoke.

  7. Have a healthy diet eat to protect your heart health.

  8. Get regular physical activity. [At least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.]

  9. Aim for a healthy weight and maintain it.

  10. Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Heart disease is the leading causes of death among women. That's why the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring The Heart Truth, a national education program for women about heart disease.

The program warns women about heart disease and provides tools to help them take action against its risk factors. Its message is paired with an arresting visual-the Red Dress®-that serves as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.

Visit for more information on The Heart Truth program and the Red Dress Pin.


Last Updated: January 2017

The Heart Truth®, its logo, The Red Dress®, and Red Dress® are registered trademarks of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  National Wear Red Day® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and American Heart Association.