April 16, 2010

Health Checkup: Women and Health


Suzie Arnegger calls it her drive-by heart attack…"My arms and legs went from tingling to numb. It was so fast — boom, boom, boom," she says. "It was so sudden and severe that the doctor said if I had been at home, I would not have made it."…she is one of 465 graduates of a program — run by the Mayo Clinic and a group called WomenHeart — that trains heart-disease advocates. Each year, 50 to 70 women gather for a four-day series of lectures and emotionally charged discussions with some of Mayo's leading heart specialists…


The idea is to educate women and empower them to spread their newfound knowledge in their communities. "When you listen to the lectures, you're thinking, Whoa, I didn't know about all this," Arnegger says. That's the point, says the symposium's leader, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, director of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo.


TIME, by Alice Park, 4/15/2010

Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, women and heart

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