Why you should hug your cardiologist today

by Carolyn Thomas     @HeartSisters

hugI like to tell my women’s heart health presentation audiences that, if you’re going to have a heart attack, you should really try to have one here in Victoria, British Columbia – or in any other city that boasts a healthy ratio of cardiologists-per-square-city-block.

My theory on this is that cardiologists, just like the rest of us, want to raise their families in a charming historic town with good schools, good restaurants, good shopping, fun night life, live theatre, sports teams, 200 km of cycling trails, a symphony orchestra, picture-postcard ocean/forest/mountain scenery, and a near-perfect coastal climate allowing them to garden or play golf 12 months a year. If this town also has a major university and a good-sized teaching hospital that attracts both students and cardiac researchers, that’s also going to go a long way in appealing to cardiologists.  You’re welcome, Tourism Victoria . . . Continue reading “Why you should hug your cardiologist today”

Three women, one heart attack and a sound asleep husband

This post written by Susan Bengivingo RN* was first published on Women’s College Hospital’s Women’s Health Matters site, where I was happy to discover it so I could share it here with you:


“It was around midnight. My hospital colleague Donna Stairs and I had got the patients settled down for the night, and we were having a well-earned cup of coffee when the buzzer rang.

“The buzzer is there because our hospital is locked up at night. Visitors from the city find it strange to lock a hospital at night but it’s a security issue in rural areas like Strathmore, Alberta. We don’t have guards – just a couple of nurses!

“I went and looked out and there was a young woman, in her late 20s or early 30s, I would guess. She was wearing a long raincoat and had slippers on her feet. Let’s call her Mary.  So I buzzed the door open and she was very apologetic.

“I have a terrible pain in my shoulder,” Mary said. “And I’m feeling nauseous.”  Continue reading “Three women, one heart attack and a sound asleep husband”