2018 posts

vintage women writing

2018 posts


Hair loss and heart meds

The Physician’s Pledge gets some bold new wording

But what about the men?

Hello pacers! A little Q&A about your pacemaker


Same heart attack, same misdiagnosis – but one big difference

Can’t wait to start reading my book? Here’s Chapter 1

Let’s pretend that atypical heart attack symptoms don’t exist

Good news: your story is not yet locked in

MARCH 2018

“Best narrative I have ever encountered on this topic”

Let’s pretend that atypical heart attack symptoms don’t exist

“Doing Harm”: Enter to win Maya Dusenbery’s new book

Can early warning symptoms predict a heart attack?

Just shut up and listen!

APRIL 2018

Open wide! Cardiac symptoms diagnosed in the dental chair

What I wish I’d known before my hospital discharge

“Tin Heart”: poems for a heart transplant

Post-hospital syndrome, revisited

A letter from your heart disease

MAY 2018

Dear Carolyn:  “I’m having the time of my life!”

A Mother’s Day without my mother

Deep thoughts about death and heart disease

Typical vs. “atypical” heart attack signs in women

JUNE 2018

Do you need a robot to help with your hospital gown?

“Dear Carolyn:  I was never one to complain. . . “

When you’re about to become a hospital patient

Dr. Martha Gulati’s fabulous foreword to my book

JULY 2018

Did you hear this? Oatmeal is now your enemy

Dear Carolyn: “Did I have a ‘real’ heart attack?”

Six ways NOT to motivate patients to change

When patients feel like hostages

“I am lying in a surprisingly bright glass-walled room…” (excerpt from Chapter 4 of my book)

“The Atypical Heart”: how YOU can help create this documentary


Dear Carolyn: “Breaking up is hard to do”

The 2018 Summer Blogging Challenge

First the big change, then the big transition

The medical apology: have you ever received one?


When an illness narrative isn’t just about illness

Hypervigilance: waiting for that second heart attack

Our cardiac meds – in real life, not just in studies

The bumpy road between diagnosis and getting better


Is ‘being nice’ hurting women?

Oh, great. Another cardiac risk factor to worry about…

Little video, big questions on women’s heart disease

Appropriately confident: what are YOU really good at?

Dear Carolyn: “People can change for the better”


“To just be a person, and not a patient anymore”

How a $5 Tim Hortons gift card changed my life

My book is one year old! Some excerpts to tease you…

Dr. Google in the E.R


Still too tired to put away the Halloween costume…

What to get the heart patient who has (almost) everything

Skin in the game: taking women’s cardiac misdiagnosis seriously

The Grinch’s Guide to Women’s Heart Attacks (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)

The 2018 Heart Sisters blog posts you liked best

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NOTE FROM CAROLYN:  I wrote much more about these and other topics in my bookA 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.