She and Katherine Leon approached and encouraged Mayo Clinic cardiologist Sharonne Hayes to study the rare heart condition called spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).
Her award citation reads:
Laura Haywood-Cory is a graduate of the WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium (a WomenHeart Champion) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2009, she helped enroll women in the largest single-center study of patients who’ve suffered from spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) and heart attack.
A devoted advocate for women with heart disease, Laura volunteers at health fairs and other events across the state [North Carolina] where she educates women about heart disease risks and prevention. She herself is a heart disease survivor, having suffered SCAD and a heart attack in 2009. She is active on the WomenHeart online support forum and has a blog, A Change of Heart, where she chronicles her post-heart attack life.
Laura says tonight (February 28) NBC affiliates may broadcast a story she was interviewed for when in New York for the award presentation. So keep an eye out.