The Book

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My new book, A Woman’s Guide to Living With Heart Disease, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, is already in its second printing!*

Martha Gulati, MD, FACC

Thank you so much to cardiologist Dr. Martha Gulati, Chief of Cardiology at the University of Arizona, Executive Editor of the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart, and author of the best-selling book Saving Women’s Hearts, for writing such a beautiful and thoughtful foreword for my book. Here’s a brief excerpt from her pages:

“As a woman who experienced a heart attack, was misdiagnosed, and deals with everything that living with heart disease entails, Carolyn uses humor wrapped in practicality and common sense to help women navigate their disease and all the overwhelming emotions that come with this diagnosis.

“Carolyn has given a voice to the female heart patient in a way that few others have been able to. I am grateful that she decided to write this book, because I believe it will improve the dialogue between heart patients and their physicians.

*How to buy this book:

Ask for my book at your local bookshop (if they don’t have it yet, get them to order!) or get it online at:

  • Amazon (it’s back in stock now after being sold out as Amazon’s #1 NEW RELEASE in the Medicine/Public Health category!)
  • Barnes and Noble
  • IndieBooks
  • Johns Hopkins University Press (mention code HTWN to save 20% off the list price)
  • Canadian readers!  Here’s a special 20% bulk discount for orders in Canada of 10 or more books (for book clubs, support groups, cardiac rehab programs, women’s conferences, etc.) by using the code HEARTAUTHOR (and save significantly on direct shipping from Canada);  just email my Canadian distributor Brunswick Books with order details: info (at) brunswickbooks (dot) ca

If you do buy your copy of the book online, please leave a Customer Review after you’ve read it (Amazon or Barnes and Noble)

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Can’t wait to get started? You can read Chapter 1 (an excerpt from the press kit prepared by Johns Hopkins University Press) or preview the table of contents pages.

        *PRESS CONTACT email Emma All at EEA (at) press.jhu (dot) edu at Johns Hopkins University Press for media or public relations inquiries, or check out the press kit.

Read the Reviews!

Rotary_April2018What fun! On April 5, 2018, I was invited to present my Heart-Smart Women talk to the Victoria Rotary Club at the historic Union Club in downtown Victoria. I was going to bring along a copy of my book to donate as a door prize, but I knew that this particular Rotary Club is heavily represented with men – not all of whom might be interested in winning a book about women’s heart health. So instead, we held a little book auction after my speech, which was very lively, loud and competitive! The winning bidder was Peter Sosnkowski who paid $100 for the book! But then his fellow Rotarian, Dan Parker (no doubt upset because he had just missed out) declared that he too would pay $100 if I could track down another book for him. So $200 in less than a minute was raised (with all proceeds to a local Victoria charity, the Rainbow Kitchen). Peter asked me to sign the book for his daughter Alexandra, who will become the lucky recipient. Thank you to both Peter and Dan for your generosity, and to the Victoria Rotary Club for the invitation. 

May 12, 2018: Featured in the 4th Annual ‘Emerging Local Authors‘ event!

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22 Responses to “The Book”

  1. Alma in YVR May 14, 2018 at 12:47 am #

    I just finished reading your book. I could hardly put this book down —- finished it in one weekend. You caught me with the first chapter and its cliff-hanger story ending, so I had to keep reading to find out what happened (another cliff-hanger!) and one chapter led to another & then another!! I’m now in my second slightly slower read yello-highlighting as I go and I will no doubt be picking it up many more times as the months evolve on my recuperation path.

    It’s almost like you were eavesdropping on my life during and after my own heart attack!! Congratulations Carolyn Thomas on a book that should be handed out in every Cardiology Ward in every hospital to every female heart patient (but first, to every med student in every medical school for a 1st-person crash course in what it’s really like to be “the one wearing the drafty hospital gown” no matter what the diagnosis!!)

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    • Carolyn Thomas May 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

      Thank you Alma for your very kind comments – so glad you liked the book! I hope you’re recovering well…

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  2. Newbie January 19, 2018 at 2:05 am #

    I just finished reading your book, I read the whole thing in one weekend, I just could not put it down. You somehow described in each chapter just what I was feeling too at different stages following my own heart diagnosis. It felt like you were a friend along the road who has been this way before me. Your book needs to be sent home with every woman before she is even discharged from the cardiac unit, thankyou for writing it for us.

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  3. Mirjami December 9, 2017 at 3:00 am #

    Dear Carolyn,

    I loved to read your book. It is so honestly written. Although my handle with my heart disease was very different from yours, there were some similiarities according to doctors, who did not take me earnest and laughed me out. It still happens.

    My triple bypass was 1983. Yesterday I had my 34. anniversary. I have never asked why me, or got a depression because of my heart disease. “What does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

    I am wondering how you could write such a good book with your ongoing heart problems. My greatest congratulation for it.

    I hope you all the best and happy Christmas with your loved ones. I have seen pictures of your lovely granddaughter Rose. It was the best for me to see my grandson grow up to a young handsome teen. He is 13 years now.

    Now I am going for my 5 km walk in the snow covered forest.

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    • Carolyn Thomas December 9, 2017 at 5:17 am #

      Happy 34th Heart-iversary, Mirjami! You are a wonderful role model, especially for newly-diagnosed heart patients, of how even triple bypass surgery patients can go on to live long and active lives. I’m sure those long walks in nature have helped a lot (plus watching your grandbaby, of course!) That’s THE BEST! Thanks for sharing your feedback.

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  4. Deb November 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    Carolyn,

    I just finished your book and loved loved loved it!! I am an RN and also a SCAD survivor and think this book should be required reading by cardiac nurses and cardiac providers everywhere. I emailed my own cardiologist to recommend it. I have also suggested it to many other SCAD survivors. You continue to show us we are not alone.

    You touched on so many important issues in the book, I can’t even begin to discuss them all (in this format).

    I think you are awesome, I love your blog. You are doing so much to help women in our survival with heart disease.

    Stay strong and keep writing!

    Deb

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    • Carolyn Thomas November 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

      You have made my day, Deb. It means a lot to me, especially coming from a SCAD survivor. Knowing “we are not alone” is a profoundly under-estimated way to help us manage a diagnosis, no matter what it happens to be! Thanks so much for this…

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  5. Amy Josar July 30, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

    I suffered a heart attack almost a year ago at 37 years old. I had a 100% blockage of my left main (was told it was a widow maker). I needed emergency open heart surgery for a bypass. I didn’t know the symptoms of a heart attack, but I had them all – heartburn, extreme sweating, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, neck pain that traveled to between my shoulder blades. 8 hours later when I finally went to the ER, I started getting jaw pain.

    I’m trying to advocate with the American Heart Association to get the word out and help others as there’s really no medical reason I’m still alive. I later found out I had inflammation due to an autoimmune disease that I never knew I had. I was a ticking time bomb.

    I find it comforting (in a strange way) to hear other women’s experience, and I think it’s great to tell others who have been fortunate enough to not have experienced it themselves. I’ll definitely preorder the book.

    Thank you for raising awareness!

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    • Carolyn Thomas July 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

      Amy, you were so young to suffer what must have been a shocking health crisis! I too think it IS comforting to hear about other women’s experience, mostly because it reminds us that we are not alone. I hope you enjoy reading my book this fall. Good for you for now doing what you can to help raise awareness of women’s heart health!

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  6. Pauline Johnson July 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    Carolyn, will you be having a book launch in Victoria? Hope so!

    Thanks –
    Pauline Johnson

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    • Carolyn Thomas July 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

      I hope so, too! The book doesn’t come out until November, so will know more closer to the fall! I’ll announce details here…
      *** Pauline, it’s YOU! My long-ago Hospice colleague!!! How lovely to see your name here! Hope you are doing well and enjoying summer! ♥

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      • Pauline Johnson July 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

        Terrific! See you then. 🙂

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      • Pauline Johnson July 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

        Hi again Carolyn,

        I just wanted to thank you again as I was finally properly diagnosed. Will be having an angiogram with certain (says my cardiologist) angioplasty in the near future. Two blockages located. My persistence finally paid off.

        Looking forward to your book!

        Take care,

        Pauline

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        • Carolyn Thomas July 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm #

          Good luck with that angio! Let me know how you make out, okay? I hope that afterwards, you will attend the 7-week Heart To Heart classes (they run all year long for heart patients and their family members at the Hillside Health Centre. (I help to facilitate some of these classes a few times a year). Here’s more on H2H, FYI…

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          • Pauline Johnson October 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

            Hi again Carolyn!

            Well I’m finally booked to have the angioplasty this Tuesday, October 17th. Feeling both relief (that it will finally happen) and anxiety re: how it will all go. Do you have any blogposts on pre-procedure angst and prep?

            Your ol’ colleague,
            Pauline

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            • Carolyn Thomas October 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

              Hi Pauline – great news that you finally have a date. I like to imagine how great you’ll be feeling the day afterwards on Wednesday when it’s all behind you! I don’t have a pre-procedure angst blog post (but here’s one on heart-related anxiety in general) BUT I’d suggest you check out the angioplasty.org website which has everything you could ever want to know, plus a patient forum you can participate in for free to share questions/concerns. Best of luck on Tuesday!!! ♥

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              • Pauline Johnson October 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

                Thanks Carolyn!

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              • Pauline Johnson October 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

                Well, you were right about feeling better the day after. What a relief to have that behind me! Three stents later, ha, I have hope and promise that life is about to improve considerably.

                I intend to register for the Heart to Heart program, will have to check to see when the next series begins. Just saw the WomenHeart support group info on your blog.

                Finally, I can hardly wait for your book!!! Looking forward to your book launch. 🙂

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                • Carolyn Thomas October 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

                  Wow! Three stents! I’m so glad you are feeling better, Pauline. You can now visualize that blood flow happily coursing through those newly revascularized coronary arteries!

                  I’ve just started a new Facebook page about my upcoming book, FYI. While you’re waiting for my book (!) please go find a copy of Dr. Wayne Sotile’s excellent book, Thriving With Heart Disease (especially useful for the early days and weeks, post-intervention). I’ve written lots about his work on the psychosocial aftermath of becoming a heart patient, including this 4-part series. You’ve just missed this month’s local WomenHeart support group meeting (which was last evening at RJH) but mark your calendar for November (it’s always the 3rd Wednesday of the month here in Victoria). Take care, Pauline! ♥

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                  • Pauline Johnson October 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

                    Oh, thanks! I’ll try to track it down this weekend. Think I’d devour it right about now!

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