Those efforts may be paying off -- on Friday, the NHLBI announced that heart disease deaths for American women declined again in 2005, the last year for which statistics are available. And for the first time ever, that decline has continued for a straight six years, the institute said.
"We're making progress," Nabel said. "Only a third of women in the year 2000 recognized that heart disease is the number one killer. But now, in 2008, half of women recognize this. So we're not absolutely where we need to be yet, but we're making progress."
There's more on women and heart disease risk, at the American Heart Association.
SOURCES: Elizabeth Nabel, M.D. director, U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute,Bethesda, Md.; Heidi Klum, model, television host, producer