Feb 2, 2017
New York - 
Dr. Holly Anderson

Dr. Holly S. Andersen, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute, attending cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, received the 2017 CocoaVia® Healthy Heart Award as part of the Woman’s Day annual Red Dress Awards on February 7, 2017.

The award acknowledges Dr. Andersen as a “leading authority on preventative cardiology” and for her work “treating, educating and increasing heart screenings for women,” according to the press release from CocoaVia®

One out of three deaths among women is caused by heart disease or a stroke. However, according to the Women’s Heart Health Alliance, only 11 percent of women could name a friend or loved one they’ve lost to these diseases. Dr. Andersen is a strong advocate of opening up conversations among women regarding heart health in order to reduce their risk.

In 2014, Dr. Andersen helped launch the Fight the Ladykiller campaign, a nationwide effort created by the Women’s Heart Alliance to build greater awareness and knowledge of the women’s heart health epidemic and gender differences.

In 2011, she helped found HeartSmarts at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute – a program she currently directs. HeartSmarts is a faith-based community and outreach program which aims to empower and educate young women in minority communities about heart health and reduce their incidence of heart disease. A recent study published in the Journal of Religion and Health acknowledges the program’s effectiveness.

Congratulations to Dr. Andersen on this well-deserved honor.

Read the full Woman’s Day Article here.