Labouré College marks American Heart Month with a conversation with Mariana Rodrigues, Director of Boston Scientific’s Close the Gap

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Did you know that the warning signs for a heart attack are different in women than in men?

Labouré College is hosting a lecture and Q&A featuring Mariana Rodrigues, Director of Close the Gap, the award-winning organization dedicated to reducing the inequalities in cardiovascular care and increasing awareness of heart disease risk factors in underserved populations. The evening will focus the prevention of heart disease, ways to maintain heart health, and the disparities in delivery of cardiovascular care to underserved populations.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and it is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, taking more female lives than all cancers, respiratory diseases and Alzheimer disease combined, states the American Heart Association. “February is American Heart Month and because our student body is primarily female and directly representative of the unique cultures of Greater Boston with over 44% people of color, we think Close the Gap’s insights on heart health in America will be life changing for our college community.  We want to bring awareness to the warning signs of heart disease in women to encourage our student body to take a proactive approach to their own health care,” says Katelyn Dwyer, Chief Marketing Officer.

Mariana Rodrigues is the national program director for Close the Gap, Boston Scientific’s educational initiative designed to reduce inequalities in cardiovascular care for women, black Americans and Latino Americans. Rodrigues is originally from Brazil and has over 15 years of health industry experience. Rodrigues earned a B.S. in advertising and marketing from the “Universidade de Brasilia” and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

The event will be held on Monday, February 22 from 6 – 7 p.m. at Labouré College, 303 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186 in Room C112. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information please visit

About Labouré College: Labouré College is an independent, private, non-profit, Catholic college, specializing in nursing and healthcare career education. Established in 1892, Labouré is the longest provider of nurses in the Boston area. The College is located at 303 Adams Street in Milton.

For more information, contact: 

Katelyn Dwyer
Labouré College
(617) 322-3524
[email protected]



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