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Stars Strut in Red to Bring Awareness to Women's Heart Health
Date:2/7/2013

, Conn., told reporters backstage. She said the loss of her mother spurred her own involvement in a Heart Truth-sponsored awareness initiative. It also helped her bring her blood pressure under control, while shedding 77 pounds in weight and 12 inches off her waistline.

"I'm very excited to be here, because I just think this is really important that women know about heart disease and that they do something about it," Parsons said.

Minutes later, a slimmer, healthier Parsons marched proudly down the runway, in a bright red Adrianna Papell.

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There's much more on the campaign at The Heart Truth.

SOURCES: Nakela Cook, M.D., medical officer, clinical applications and prevention branch, division of cardiovascular sciences, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland; Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor, NBC Today; Cindy Parsons, Brooklyn, Conn.


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