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Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2014 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic
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Encourage your hospital to join WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance and become eligible to apply for this one-of-a-kind, nationally renowned program to support women living with heart disease!

Washington, DC (July 16, 2014) – WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2014 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium through WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance program. The Symposium is taking place October 10-October 13 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Are you a woman living with heart disease who would like to apply to attend WomenHeart’s Science & Leadership Symposium to become a WomenHeart Champion and Support Network Coordinator, but your hospital is not a member of the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance? You can apply in three easy steps:

1. Identify the hospital in your community where you will hold your support network meetings.
2. Connect with the cardiovascular service line (business) director, marketing director, head of the cardiovascular division (physician), or cardiac rehab director.
3. Contact WomenHeart’s Chief Operating Officer Mary McGowan to schedule an introductory meeting or call to discuss National Hospital Alliance membership and the opportunity for them to start a new WomenHeart Support Network in your community.

WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance program is a partnership that seeks to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to information, education and patient support services. Every year, WomenHeart selects two women heart disease survivors from each member hospital to attend the prestigious Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic. They return to their community as WomenHeart Champions who lead a WomenHeart Support Network at the hospital host site. Find out more about WomenHeart's National Hospital Alliance on our website and by watching our National Hospital Alliance video.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and more women than men have died from heart disease every year since 1984. By becoming a national volunteer WomenHeart Champion, each selected woman becomes one of more than 650 inspirational women from across the country to be honored with the WomenHeart Champion title. These women, the “boots on the ground” in the fight against heart disease, are volunteer community educators, national spokespersons and advocates for women living with heart disease. They are available to speak to community, state, and national audiences about the prevalence of heart disease in women and how it is so often underdiagnosed and mistreated.

In addition, the women are trained as Support Network Coordinators so they can lead patient support groups for other women living with heart disease in their local community. WomenHeart currently has 128 Support Networks in 39 states offering free support to women who feel isolated because of their heart disease diagnosis or who are seeking information about women’s heart disease. A recent survey of patients who participate in WomenHeart Support Network meetings indicated that:

• 93% felt their quality of life has been enhanced.
• 85.3% have improved their ability to communicate with their health care provider.
• 93% have increased their understanding of heart disease.
• 85.6% believe that attending meetings has helped them deal with challenges in maintaining their treatment/medication regimen.
• 86.2% believe attending meetings has helped them better communicate and explain their heart disease with family members, friends, co-workers, etc.

WomenHeart was founded in 1999 and the Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic was founded as an integral part of WomenHeart in 2002. The WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance, which is WomenHeart’s newest program, was founded in 2012.

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WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient centered organization serving the 42.7 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease – the leading cause of death for women. WomenHeart is solely devoted to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and the nation’s only patient support network for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, healthcare professionals, and health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. To join or donate, visit www.womenheart.org.

Press release: Applications Now Being Accepted for Fall 2014 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic - July 16, 2014 (PDF)

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