Two kinds of heart patients, and the third kind that aren’t patients – yet!

by Carolyn Thomas       @HeartSisters

The shocking 2019 American Heart Association National Survey results released in September reported that women’s awareness of heart disease has actually declined during the past decade. As my regular readers already know, I felt sick when I read this. Barely half of the women surveyed, for example, could recognize “chest pain” as a possible sign of heart attack. It took a wee lie-down before I was able to re-evaluate my own awareness-raising efforts here on Heart Sisters.  At first blush, it appeared to me that I’m aiming to reach two specific kinds of women.    .     .  Continue reading “Two kinds of heart patients, and the third kind that aren’t patients – yet!”

The bumpy road between diagnosis and getting better

by Carolyn Thomas    @HeartSisters

bridge-2490738_1280You probably already know that it can be a scary road indeed leading from the moment you hear that initial diagnosis until the day you are able to start thinking of yourself as a person first, who just happens to be a patient. Until then, it’s a bumpy road with often more downs than ups, as I’ve written about here, here and here, for example. But researchers in Spain now suggest that there are actually four distinct stages that are predictably common among most patients on that road. Continue reading “The bumpy road between diagnosis and getting better”