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Actress Cheryl Hines is the new spokesperson for the Go Red for Women movement in efforts to raise heart disease awareness among women.

The Curb Your Enthusiasm star kicked off Go Red events nationally Friday, Feb. 4, in New York City, N.Y, with an appearance on the Today Show.

“My father had a heart attack a few years ago and it was very traumatic, of course,” she said during the show, “He’s fine now, he had open heart surgery. We found out he had heart disease and he stopped smoking…when something like that happens to you and you literally almost die, I think you really evaluate your life and think, ‘Is it worth it?’”

Hines was shocked to learn that heart disease is the number one killer among women across America and is encouraging other women to get regular check-ups and get healthy to put a stop to the spread of the disease.

She continued, “When my father had his heart attack, I really had to look at my heart health and I really watch things now, like my cholesterol; that was really high. So I exercise more. (Heart disease) can be prevented.”

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