For the 10th consecutive year, Saint Agnes Hospital is raising awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of heart disease amongst women by inviting leaders from local churches and members of the community to take part in the Women’s Heart Health Symposium, 8 to 11 a.m., Nov. 9 in preparation for the Feb. 9, 2014 Red Dress Sunday.

The event will include a health fair and educational presentation focused on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease as well as a speech from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about her interest in and support of cardiovascular programs throughout Baltimore. Following her remarks there will be an interactive panel discussion giving event attendees the opportunity to pose questions to a team of cardiovascular and other health experts from Saint Agnes Hospital, including Shannon Winakur, medical director of the Women’s Heart Center; Ken Williams, primary care physician and president of Seton Medical Group; Sarah McDonald, registered dietician; Jenny Kunes, cardiac rehabilitation nurse; and Doris Brightful, Red Dress Sunday coordinator at Bethel AME Church.

The fair, to be held in the Tawes Ballroom of Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Ave., begins at 8 a.m., including a heart healthy breakfast buffet and ends at 11 with raffles.

When Red Dress Sunday was initially launched, three churches took part. This year, more than 130 local congregations are expected to participate, Feb. 9, 2014 and thousands of women will receive information and tools to make their heart health a greater priority.