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Posted by Traci Klein (@traciklein) · Oct 24, 2009

Mayo Clinic and WomenHeart educate women with heart disease

Last week, 69 women from across the country gathered in Rochester, Minn.,  for the 8th annual Science & Leadership Symposium, a joint effort between Mayo Clinic's Women's Heart Clinic and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

The women -- ages 23 to 76 -- spent five days learning about heart disease, receiving support from other women and medical providers, and developing skills to become advocates back in their communities. The goal is to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.  Learn more about the symposium.

It's amazing to watch the women connect and recognize the power they have to help others. In fact, more than 450 women have graduated from the symposium over the past several years and 45 percent of them have been credited with saving someone's life.

In the video below, symposium leaders share thoughts on the symposium.

Communications Consultant, Traci Klein, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester submitted this post.

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