2016 posts

vintage women writing

Heart Sisters posts from the past



What if I’d had my heart attack decades earlier?

Heart attack: is it a clogged pipe or a popped pimple?

Why don’t we listen to doctors’ heart-healthy advice?

Depressed? Who, me? Myths and facts about depression after a heart attack

FEBRUARY 2016 ♥  It’s Heart Month! ♥

Finally. An official scientific statement on heart attacks in women

“It’s 2 a.m. and I think I’m having a heart attack”

Marilyn Gardner’s “Stupid Phrases for People in Crisis”

Bereavement eating: does grief cause carb cravings?

“This is your heart” (My Heart Month interview)

MARCH 2016

My open letter to “Patients Included” conferences

Two ways to portray heart failure. One of them works

Designing with the patient in mind

Hysterical female? Just anxious? Or heart attack?

APRIL 2016

Self-tracking device? Got it. Tried it. Ditched it.

The myth of the heart disease cure

Why doctors say ‘Yes!’ when they really mean ‘No!’

What’s all that sighing, moaning and groaning about?

MAY 2016

Be your own hero during a heart attack

Happy 8th Heart-iversary to me!

Why we ignore serious symptoms

Don’t take this personally, Doc…

Why patients hate the C-word

JUNE 2016

How two cardiologists discovered the Type A personality

How social isolation is hurting your heart

Guess which woman in this photo is having a heart attack

How not to be an audience troll

JULY 2016

A beating heart frozen in time

No blockages: living with non-obstructive heart disease

1 in 5 have this genetic risk factor for heart disease – but don’t know it

Turning “Why me?” into “Why not me?”

How these unique classes help to improve your Cardiac IQ


Being sick doesn’t excuse being a jerk

Pregnancy complications strongly linked to heart disease

The “loss of self” in chronic illness is what really hurts

How women can tell if they’re headed for a heart attack


Don’t worry your pretty little head over your health care decisions

ChronicBabe: living a kick-ass life despite chronic illness

In praise of solitude after a heart attack

Denial and its deadly role in surviving a heart attack

How we adapt after a heart attack depends on what we believe the diagnosis means


If you get ill, will you follow these “Medicine Sick Day Rules”?

Does your hospital have a Women’s Heart Clinic yet? If not, why not?

Do NOT drive yourself to the E.R. in mid-heart attack!

85% of hospital admissions for chest pain are NOT heart attack


How these doctors have saved thousands of women

“Can’t go to my support group meeting because my husband’s expecting dinner”

Cathy’s stroke: “Nobody asked about my husband”

16 minutes that will change how you look at the “soul-crushing reality of healthcare”


Pill splitting: which ones are safe to divide?

More drugs, less talk for post-heart attack depression?

“You’re young, healthy thin – and nothing’s wrong with your heart”

The Christmas Truce – 1914

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See this year’s posts, or visit the archives of all previous posts from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 20132014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022


NOTE FROM CAROLYN:  I wrote much more about these and other topics in my book A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease (Johns Hopkins University Press). You can ask for this book at your local library or favourite bookshop, or order it online (paperback, hardcover or e-book) at Amazon.  If you order it directly from Johns Hopkins University Press (use their code HTWN), you can save 30% off the list price.