Heart Sisters Posts From The Past
When doctors can’t say: “I don’t know”
“Everybody has plans ‘til they get punched in the mouth.”
My blog post in the British Medical Journal!
Doc chat: in the cath lab with a “radial evangelist”
When thyroid problems masquerade as heart disease
FEBRUARY 2014 – HEART MONTH!
Why we ignore serious symptoms
Is your doctor paying attention?
Confessions of a non-compliant patient
Can it be two years since my mother’s death?
Jennifer’s story: her heart attack at age 36 “smacked her with her own mortality”
Eileen’s story: “When my surgeon opened up my heart, my arteries disintegrated”
Stress test vs flipping a coin: which is more accurate?
Dr. John Mandrola: “AFib is your body talking to you”
“I’m the least depressed person on earth, except when I’m depressed”
Cardiac gender bias: we need less TALK and more WALK
When your “significant EKG changes” are missed
“The under-appreciated joy of making a meatloaf”
Cardiac care for the whole patient – not just the heart
How a heart attack can trigger PTSD
What (not) to say when you’re visiting the sick
Is your doctor talking to your other doctors?
A motherless Mother’s Day
The five questions your doctor is probably not asking you
When drugs that help turn into drugs that harm
Misdiagnosis: is it what doctors think, or HOW they think?
How having a wife shortens time to heart attack care
Convalescence: the forgotten phase of illness recovery
Why you should hug your cardiologist today
Hypervigilance: waiting for that second heart attack
Are you a victim or a survivor?
Who will take care of you at home if you’re seriously ill?
Patient engagement as described by 31 non-patients
“Us” vs “them”: the under-served patient speaks up
We know we should do ____, but instead we do ____
What women need to know about pregnancy complications and heart disease
The day I made peace with an errant organ
Why patient stories actually matter
When we don’t look as sick as we feel
Heart scans: the triumph of profit over science
The hospital discharge race: is sooner always better?
The freakish nature of cardiac pain (first of a 3-part series on pain)
It’s Invisible Illness Awareness Week!
Brain freeze, heart disease and pain self-management (second of a 3-part series on pain)
Chest pain while running uphill (third of a 3-part series on pain)
How intense grief increases your cardiac risk
Feisty advice to patients: “Get down off your cross!”
“You’ve done the right thing by coming here today”
First we had peer review – and now patient review!
Little social support: a big gap for younger heart patients
How gender bias threatens women’s health
The symptomatic tipping point during heart attack
Heart attacks: “Men explode, but women erode”
Flexible restraint: it’s what’s missing from all fad diets
Words matter when we describe our heart attack symptoms
Let’s all play Chronic Illness Bingo!
Downplaying symptoms: just pretend it’s NOT a heart attack
Failure to refer: why are doctors ignoring cardiac rehab?
Women and statins: evidence-based medicine or wishful thinking?
Size matters – but not in coronary artery blockages
A year in review: Top 10 Heart Sisters posts in 2014
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