Heart Sisters posts from the past
The Sitting-Rising Test: what’s your score?
Should you bring that list of questions to your doctor?
85% of hospital admissions for chest pain are NOT heart attack
When we judge the poor the way we judge the chronically ill
Heart disease is a sitting disease (excerpt from Dr. James Beckerman’s book Heart to Start)
Were you “born to walk”? (a second excerpt from this book)
“It’s no hobby. It is a vital service.”
“I rang the bell again. No one came.”
Patient bloggers at health conferences: ‘real’ journalists?
Do we need to change the name of cardiac rehab?
Post-Traumatic Growth: how a crisis makes life better – or not
Yet another cardiac risk calculator? My response in the British Medical Journal
When you have a family history of heart disease
Are you a heart attack waiting to happen?
The surprising reasons heart patients don’t go to cardiac rehab
Living with heart disease – and your whole family
My guest column in Stanford School of Medicine’s ‘Scope’
Slow-onset heart attack: the trickster that fools us
“I’m just not a pill person” – and other annoying excuses
“It’s not your heart. It’s just _____” (insert misdiagnosis)
“It’s a girl!!”
Do you fear change? Then don’t have a heart attack
When babies with congenital heart defects grow up
Heart attack explained in 10 easy minutes
When you know more than your doctors about your diagnosis
Your Heart, Your Health: two hours in one fantastic picture
Kindness in health care: missing in action?
Non-inspirational advice for heart patients
As if fear of dying weren’t bad enough . . .
Deprescribing: fewer drugs, better health outcomes?
When you’re the adult child of a heart patient
Do you want the truth, or do you want “Fine, thank you”?
A blogging challenge: 15 random facts about me
The loss of ‘self’ in chronic illness is what really hurts
Which patients does the “patient voice” represent?
When a serious diagnosis makes you feel mad as hell
A letter to my pre-heart attack self
No, really – patient education that’s actually useful!
I don’t want to talk about it…
Oneupmanship: you think YOU have pain?
Exhaustion: the ‘leaky emotion’ of chronic illness
Most common heart attack signs in men and women
Mandatory reporting of diagnostic errors: “Not the right time?”
Invisible Illness Week – seeing what others can’t see
Want the truth about what we eat? Ask our girlfriends…
What kind of heart attacks do young women have?
How Minimally Disruptive Medicine is happily disrupting health care
Do you think you’re a “somebody”?
The “emotional labour” of living with heart disease
Six personality coping patterns that influence how you handle heart disease
Carolyn’s Top 10 Tips on How To Treat Your Patients
Heart palpitations: a serious problem or no big deal?
Fighting, battling, and beating: combat metaphors in medicine are just wrong
My unofficial (but oddly true) Hierarchy of Heart Disease
When you fear being labelled a “difficult” patient
6 reasons women delay seeking medical help – even in mid-heart attack
The Christmas Truce, 1914
How soon are heart patients safely fit to fly?
A year in review: Top 10 Heart Sisters posts in 2015
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