Women's History Week: Manhattan Heart Doctor Helps Women Become More Aware Of Cardiac Health
NY1's series on extraordinary women the station has covered over the years continues with Dr. Nieca Goldberg, who revolutionized women's health, led the way to help women better understand heart disease and now works at a newly expanded Manhattan medical center. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
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She's a cardiologist by trade, but in the medical field Dr. Nieca Goldberg is a rock star when it comes to women's health.
Goldberg was part of the original team that launched the "Go Red For Women" heart campaign. The annual event in February is behind one of the biggest fashion shows of the season: The Heart Truth Red Dress fashion collection.
Fashionista or not, Goldberg always tries get to the "heart" of the matter.
"I need women to go beyond the red dress and think about what's underneath that red dress, namely, their own heart," says Goldberg.
Over the years, NY1 has followed Goldberg's efforts, particularly when she released her groundbreaking book in 2002, "Women Are Not Small Men." The book shook up the medical industry because it taught a generation of patients, and even doctors, how to spot heart disease in women.
"In the last 10 years we've made a really big difference in increasing awareness," Goldberg says.
She is now immersed in what she calls her "dream job," being the medical director of the newly expanded Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU Langone Medical Center on Manhattan's East Side.
"We take care of everything but also make sure women get screened for their heart," says Goldberg.
Her newest book, "The Complete Guide To Women's Health," is a guide for women during every stage of their lives. She says young women especially are at increased risk for heart disease.
"Women still have more heart disease than men, but we're seeing inroads where it's happening less," says Goldberg.