The Book!

“This elegant book is a unique addition to women’s health books, and a necessary read for women and the people who care about them.”

My new book, A Woman’s Guide to Living With Heart Disease, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press later this year!

Thank you so much to cardiologist Dr. Martha Gulati 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.

My book will be available in paperback, hardcover, and e-book formats. If you’re intrigued by this book and are planning to read it, please consider pre-ordering* (pre-order now, book will be shipped to you in the fall, hot off the press!)  Thank you!


U.S. readers! You can now save 20% off the list price of any format of this book by using the discount code HTWN when you pre-order from Johns Hopkins University Press. And you can save even more (31%) if you’d like to pre-order the paperback edition from Barnes and Noble (no code required).

Non-Americans, you can still pre-order via Amazon.

        *PRESS CONTACT email Kathryn Marguy at at Johns Hopkins University Press

Thanks so much to heart attack survivor Jodi Jackson (quoted not once but twice in my book!) for organizing a Facebook contest in April that offered a copy of the book as the prize!



7 Responses to “The Book!”

  1. 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!

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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!


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

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

    Thanks –
    Pauline Johnson

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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! ♥


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

        Terrific! See you then. 🙂


      • 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,


        Liked by 1 person

        • 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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