Tag Archives: Heart Month

Let’s pretend that atypical heart attack symptoms don’t exist

25 Feb
by Carolyn Thomas    @HeartSisters  ♥  February 25, 2018

Two cardiology reports landed in my inbox on the same day this past week, inside the same issue of the same cardiology journal. The first was a Yale University study on how women, particularly women younger than age 55, fare worse after surviving a heart attack compared to male counterparts, partly because of a tendency to present with vague or atypical symptoms that can delay accurate diagnoses.(1) The second was about the future of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® campaign.(2)* Both papers were published in the journal, Circulation.

The trouble was this: each report seemed to contradict the other. Continue reading

Eileen’s story: “When my surgeon opened up my heart, my artery disintegrated”

27 Feb

♥  It’s Heart Month!  

Watch and learn, ladies: This is the Eileen Williams Story  (2:38)

from The Heart Truth: National Heart, Blood & Lung Institute

Q: What have you done to help your own heart this month?

Carolyn’s Note, Monday, April 3, 2017:

I am very sad to learn today of Eileen’s death. She attended the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic in 2005, three years before I did.  Eileen was extremely active in her community, touching an immeasurable amount of lives with her wonderful humour and spirit.

Eileen worked 32 years with the Arlington County Police Department. She was an EMS Chief and Paramedic for the Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department, and was instrumental in launching a program with three fire departments in Prince William County to provide HeartScarves to women heart patients in their ambulances. As an EMT instructor, she delivered many WomenHeart@Work heart health presentations to paramedics, 911 operators and social service representatives. In 2015, Eileen was presented the Healthcare Heroine Award by the March of Dimes for her work as a trainer with Training 911 Inc. 

Rest in peace, my dear heart sister . . .

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Jennifer’s story: her heart attack at age 36 “smacked her with her own mortality”

24 Feb

♥  It’s Heart Month!  

Watch and learn, ladies: This is Jennifer’s Story (2:25)

from The Heart Truth: National Heart, Blood & Lung Institute

See more of Jennifer Donelan’s story here or here, about surviving Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD).

Q: What are YOU doing to help your own heart this month?

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Heart attack: “Brushing it off as if it were nothing!”

13 Feb

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Just in time for Heart Month!  Watch this compelling little 7-minute film featuring Stanford University heart patients and staff, and then forward the link on to every woman you care about.

FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH!

Starting now, commit to adding at least one heart-healthy new lifestyle change each day.

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