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 Attacks – Victoria 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 Heart – Oak 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 Men – Cowichan News Leader, November 5, 2014
Heart Disease Isn’t Just For Men, After All – André Picard’s health column in The Globe and Mail, November 11, 2014
Video Games and Health – Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Anthology (a biennial book series: starts on page 22) December 2014
The Surprising Way to Stay Safe in Hospital – Consumer 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 Women – Global 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 Thomas – EP 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 Problem – PBS “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
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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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