Dr. Nieca Goldberg – The Heroine of Women’s Heart Health

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A nationally recognized pioneer in women’s heart health, Dr. Nieca Goldberg has received this special recognition, not once, not twice… but 10 times, along with a slew of other prestigious honors for her advocacy for women’s heart health, including Woman's Day magazine’s "Red Dress" award, the Jewish Women International's "Women to Watch" award, and the American Heart Association's "Dr. With Heart" award.

Nieca’s passion for women’s heart health began at a young age when her father developed heart disease – ultimately leading to her decision to pursue a career in cardiology. Her focus on women’s cardiology, however, was sparked during her residency when she heard one of the doctor’s saying, women don’t get heart disease. This is when she realized that women’s hearts were being neglected, and resolved to make a difference.

Dr. Goldberg has since dedicated her career to better understanding, treating, and educating others on coronary and cardiovascular issues in women. Her extensive research has led to numerous medical publications that put a spotlight on cardiovascular disease in women. And as one of the preeminent experts in women’s health and heart disease, she often appears in the media to discuss this silent killer in women.

But despite increases in awareness over the past decade, still only 54% of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer accounting for 1 in every 4 female deaths. And recent research shows that risks for heart disease can begin to appear as early as age nine and that younger women fare worse than their male counterparts.

A proponent of preventative healthcare, Goldberg stresses the importance of diet and exercise, which are proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease. She recommends women exercise at least 30 minutes each day – something as simple as a brisk walk with your dog, a class at your local fitness center, or running around with the kids. She advises a diet rich in whole grains and lean proteins, and low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugar. Ideally, women should be eating more than four cups of fruits and vegetables daily, three servings of whole grains a day and fish twice a week.

She also encourages women to take their health into their own hands by not only working out and eating right, but by asking more questions of their doctor’s so they can create an open dialogue to address all of their concerns.

With this in mind,  she created the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone –  a single facility devoted to a woman’s overall wellbeing, from heart health to skin care. It’s a world-class facility where women can find experts in cardiology, internal medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology, gynecology and dermatology – everything a woman could need for their healthcare.

She’s also authored multiple books on the subject of women’s health, including Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide to Women's Health and the award- winning and highly acclaimed book Women Are Not Small Men, which was updated and titled The Women's Healthy Heart Program – Lifesaving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease.

And just like many modern women, she keeps herself busy juggling several roles: Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, the Co-Medical Director of the 92nd Street Y's Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and national spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign—an association where she has volunteered for over 15 years and has been a board member.

But with everything she does, her mission remains the same – to raise awareness about women’s heart health.

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