By FM Magazine

Deb Gordon’s Dr. Nakela Cook, Chief of Staff at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which initiated the Heart Truth Campaign in 2002 as a commitment to women’s heart health and is designed to increase awareness about heart disease among women, reinforce the need for women to focus on their heart health, and help them take steps to reduce their own personal risk of developing heart disease.

Dr. Cook is a cardiologist who specializes in gender and ethnic disparities as it relates to heart disease and spotlighted February as Heart Awareness Month and NHLBI’s efforts to inform women about how heart disease impacts them. Discussed were sobering facts regarding women and heart disease including the fact it is the number one killer of women and affects more women than all cancers combined.

Spotlighted The Heart Truth Campaign’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, which is one of the campaign’s signature Heart Month activities and involves NHBLI joining forces with the fashion community to draw attention to the Red Dress as the national symbol of women and heart disease awareness. During the show, female celebrities walk the runway in red dresses donated by fashion designers. Also spotlighted February 1st as National Wear Red Day, whereby women and men wear red to raise awareness about the disease. Dr. Cook encouraged the community to wear red throughout the month of February to show your support for the cause. The campaign’s heart health message has reached and impacted millions of women and there are many events and activities held in the tri-state area and across the country to spread the message of The Heart Truth to women.

For more information, to share your story, or to learn about the risk factors that may affect you, visit The Heart TruthFacebook page or visit

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