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  1. Know your risk factors for heart disease.
  2. Talk to your doctor about reducing your risk of 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.
  7. Eat for your heart health.
  8. Get regular physical activity.  [At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most or all days of the week.]
  9. Aim for a healthy weight.
  10. Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the importance of seeking medical help immediately.

The Heart Truth is: Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear—It's the #1 Killer of 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 awareness campaign for women about heart disease.

The campaign 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 campaign, including The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women and the Red Dress Pin.