by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ January 13, 2019
I sometimes think that, during the almost 10 years I’ve been writing about women’s heart disease research, diagnostics and treatment, I’ve heard it all when it comes to women being under-diagnosed and under-treated (yes, sometimes under-treated even when appropriately diagnosed!) I thought I was unshockable by now. But a study published last month in the journal, Women’s Health Issues (WHI) was indeed a shocker. .
Continue reading “Fewer lights/sirens when a woman heart patient is in the ambulance”
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters
Imagine the reaction from Emergency Department staff to the woman I met at my Mayo Clinic training, the one who had been sent home from Emergency three days in a row despite her complaints of increasingly distressing cardiac symptoms. Each time she arrived there, she clearly declared the following to the Emergency physician, who continued to repeatedly dismiss her concerns:
“I don’t care what you say. SOMETHING is wrong with me!”
What a royal pain in the ass, staff may have muttered about her, sotto voce.
On her third visit, the physician recommended anti-anxiety medications. But on the fourth visit, on that fourth day, she was taken directly from the E.R. to the O.R. to undergo emergency coronary bypass surgery. Continue reading “Is ‘being nice’ hurting women?”
NEWS UPDATE: “A Typical Heart” was awarded a $50,000 grant from Telus and StoryHive! The 22-minute documentary was launched on July 15, 2019.
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ July 30, 2018
Do you sometimes wish that everybody (and their healthcare providers) were more aware of the unique differences in male and female heart disease? ….
I know you do! Cristina D’Alessandro is a Toronto-area paramedic and healthcare researcher who has that same wish. She’s a healthcare professional who, like so many of us, is concerned about what’s known as the “cardiology gender gap“ in diagnosing and treating women’s heart disease. She asks, for example, this brilliant question:
“In paramedic school, they teach us about the ‘atypical’ signs of a woman’s heart attack. But why exactly do they call it ‘atypical’ when women are more than half the population?”
Continue reading ““A Typical Heart”: how YOU can help create this documentary!”
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ February 4, 2018
Our two stories are freakishly the same in so many ways:
♥ In 58-year old Nancy Bradley’s story, she went to the Emergency Department at the Royal Inland Hospital near her home in Kamloops as soon as she felt alarming symptoms she knew might be heart-related: dizziness, sweating, shortness of breath and “an elephant sitting on my chest” feeling. (In my story, I was 58 as well, and I went to Emergency at the Royal Jubilee Hospital near my home in Victoria as soon as my own alarming heart attack symptoms started).
♥ All of Nancy’s cardiac diagnostic tests seemed to be “normal”. (All of my diagnostic tests seemed to be “normal”, too).
♥ Nancy’s Emergency physician suspected heartburn, and suggested she take antacid drugs. (My Emergency physician suspected heartburn, and suggested that I take antacids). Continue reading “Same heart attack, same misdiagnosis – but one big difference”