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Carolyn Thomas   ♥   @HeartSisters

NOTE FROM CAROLYN:    My book, A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease is published by Johns Hopkins University Press. You can ask for this book at your local library or favourite bookshop, or order it online (paperback, hardcover or e-book) at Amazon, or order it directly from Johns Hopkins University Press (use their code HTWN to save 30% off the list price).

Some examples of media coverage of my experience of a misdiagnosed heart attack and survival:


Denying The Signs, The Heart & Stroke Foundation

Interview With a Heart Disease Survivor: Carolyn Thomas U.S. government’s Office of Women’s Health newsletter, February 2010

Carolyn Thomas, Heart Attack Survivor , Alive magazine, February 2010

Women’s Rights, Opportunities – and Heart Attack Risks – a guest column published for International Women’s Day, March 2010

Survivors and Medical Professionals Struggle to Inform Women About Heart Disease – Wichita Public Radio KMUW interview for Go Red For Women Day, February 2011

Myths Endure About Women and Heart AttacksVictoria Times Colonist, February 10, 2011

Are Women Left Behind in Heart Disease Research? – my March 12, 2011 interview with Catherine Morgan of Blogher

The Heart of the Matter – a Patient Focus feature in the industry journal BioSupply Trends (see page 68), January 2012

Heartburn or a Heart Attack? – in Ladies Home Journal, February 2012

A Woman’s Heart  – in Diane magazine, written by Denise Foley, February 2012

What Women Survivors Want You to Know from The Heart and Stroke Foundation, February 2012

When Doctors Make Bad Calls in The Globe and Mail, February 2012

What Women Survivors Want You to Know from The Heart and Stroke Foundation, March 2012

Many People Ignore Signs, Delay Treatment of Heart Attack – in the Wall Street Journal, April 2012

Two-Thirds of Americans Now Track Key Health Indicators – on the website Everyday Health, January 28, 2013

What Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks in the Huffington Post, September 2013

Carolyn Thomas: Heart Health Month interview CBC Radio “North By Northwest”, February 1, 2014

Take HeartOak Bay News, February 14, 2014

The Heart Attack Gender Gap“The National” CBC News, March 19, 2014

Midnight Friends: How Wired Patients Are Transforming Chronic Illness – NPR “Commonhealth”, WBUR Boston, May 2, 2014

Heart Disease Killing More Women Than MenCowichan News Leader, November 5, 2014

Heart Disease Isn’t Just For Men, After AllAndré Picard’s health column in The Globe and Mail, November 11, 2014

Video Games and HealthRobert Woods Johnson Foundation Anthology (a biennial book series: starts on page 22) December 2014

The Surprising Way to Stay Safe in HospitalConsumer Reports, December 16, 2014 (not surprisingly, in the Don’t Worry About Being a Pest section)

Heart Bypass Surgery: What Women Should Know – US News, January 23, 2015

Women’s Health and Misdiagnosis – CKNW radio, January 23, 2015

Heart Attack Survivor Aims to Arm Women With Education – Oak Bay News, February 6, 2015

Cardiac Rehab: Boosting Your Heart Recovery US News, March 27, 2015

Weekend Morninginterview with Carolyn Thomas – CBC Radio interview with host Terry MacLeod, May 17, 2015

Heartwarming Talk Returns To Monterey Centre – Oak Bay News, May 21, 2015

Empowerment Comes From Knowledge At ‘Your Heart, Your Health’ – Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, May 25, 2015 (photo below)

Raising Heart Disease Awareness Among WomenGlobal News BC, June 5, 2015 (photo below)


When Working Becomes a Risky Business – Globe and Mail, July 13, 2015

Improving Diagnosis in Health Care (video, 6:49)- Institute of Medicine, September 22, 2015

This is Your Heart – National Post and (online) Personal Health News, February 19, 2016

Why is Heart Disease in Canadian Women Still Being Missed?  – Globe and Mail, March 6, 2016.

The Heart Sisters Blog: Feature Interview With Carolyn ThomasEP Lab Monthly, April 2016.

2016 Experts by Experience: A Compilation of Patient Stories (my essay “Welcome To Your New Country” on page 8) – Stanford University School of Medicine/ Inspire, June 2016.

Medical Research Has a Sex ProblemPBS  “Nova”, July 13, 2016.

What You Need to Know About Stroke & Heart Disease, Canadian Living, February 2017.

Talk Puts Women’s Heart Health in Focus, Oak Bay News, February 2017.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation Aims for the Heart – Oak Bay News, October 27, 2017.

‘In a Heartbeat’ Campaign: How this Technology Saves Heart Patients – CTV News  October 27, 2017 (see below: photo of me and my favourite cardiologist, Dr. Manjeet Mann)

Having a Heart to Heart About Life-Saving Tools Victoria Times-Colonist, October 28, 2017

A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease: An Interview with Carolyn Thomas, Marie Ennis O’Connor, Ireland, Patient Empowerment Network, December 3, 2017

Grey’s Anatomy Finally Tackles Medicine’s Gender Bias, Pacific Standard, February 8, 2018

One Woman on Her Emotional Challenges After a Heart Attack, (Thanks Kathleen for including my pre-discharge advice!) March 2018 issue of Canadian Living.

Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick, Maya Dusenbery (Harper Collins 2018) – this book includes my interview in the women’s heart disease chapter.

Why Heart Disease is the Leading Cause of Death in Women, and Why Many Women are Unaware of the Risks They Face, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, February 27, 2018.

The New and (Un)improved Doctor-Patient Relationship: a 10-minute podcast by Michael Joyce at Health News Review (my interview starts at about 5:35)

Carolyn Thomas – Author of “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease” CFAX radio interview, July 26, 2018

Feel Healthy with Dr. Scott Lear:  my 35-minute podcast interview with Simon Fraser University professor/cardiac researcher Dr. Scott Lear, August 29, 2018.

The Link Between Pregnancy Complications And Heart Health: What You Need To Know Chatelaine magazine, October 2018

New Book by Carolyn Thomas: CBC radio interview:  Host Sheryl MacKay of North By NorthWest about women, heart disease and what surprised her while reading my book, “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease  (Johns Hopkins University Press).  February 2019

Heart Attack Survivors Take a Stand Against Heart Disease –  Dr. Dawn Richards, You Are UnLTD magazine, February 2019

The Female Heart: Beating to a Different Drummer – Seaside magazine, July 2019.

Questions Women Should Ask About Heart Disease – 45-minute SoundHealth podcast interview with Jim Donovan, 2020.

Women and Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know! – 55-minute “On Call With Dr. Dave” video interview with New York preventive cardiologist Dr. Dave D’Agate, 2020.

 Women and Heart Disease, by Wendy Haaf – Good Times magazine, February 2021

 Thank Goodness for Google by Dr. Tessa Richards, British Medical Journal (BMJ) May 2021

The Power of Content Curation in Healthcare Communities by Marie Ennis O’Connor, Medium, October 2021

Coronary Artery Disease:  Judgment, Interrogation and How To Face Them, feature story on WebMD, November 2021

Unmet Needs in Hypertension Treatment, American Heart Association podcast moderated by Dr. Swapnil Hiremath, interviews with both clinicians and a patient (me!) February 2022

Delayed Diagnosis: the Carolyn Thomas Story:  interview with Lindsay Dixon (56 minutes);  February 2022

MotHERS Podcast™ interview with OB-GYN Dr. Graeme Smith on PostPartum Cardiovascular Health, April 2023


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Watch this 22-minute 2019 documentary called A Typical Heart, a remarkable Canadian film about the deadly disparity between male and female heart disease, as experienced through the lens of healthcare professionals, researchers, patients and their families (NOTE: I was one of the eight Canadian heart patients interviewed).


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