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NHLBI’s Heart Truth Campaign – 3

Narrator: This is Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Knowing your risk factors for heart disease is important, especially if you’re a woman. Dr. Nakela Cook, a cardiologist with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says the traditional risk factors include high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, smoking cigarettes and being over 55.

Cook: and for women also if they’ve had certain complications in pregnancy, such as preeclampsia or a severe form of hypertension in pregnancy - we’re learning that they may convey a risk for heart disease down the line.

Narrator: Seven years ago NHLBI started a landmark campaign called Heart Truth, which makes women aware of heart disease. For more information visit www.hearttruth.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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This page last reviewed on March 25, 2011

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