Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular Health

The leading cause of death in the United States, cardiovascular disease affects 80 million people. The direct costs of this disease top $150 billion a year, making it a primary research target.

One in four American women dies of heart disease - making it the number-one killer of women. The Heart Truth® is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The atherosclerosis project is a two-stage project. The first stage, currently in execution, will utilize published data for refining an existing in silico model of atherosclerosis. The model platform will be provided by a leading company in the field, Entelos, which was selected through a thorough FNIH-managed review process.

In its third year, The Heart Truth® Community Action Grant Program aims to equip community organizations to assist women—especially those of color, low income, or in rural areas—in identifying personal risk factors for heart disease and motivating them to take action to lower their risk.