New Year’s resolutions for those who hate resolutions
Fewer lights/sirens when a woman heart patient is in the ambulance
Failure to inspire
Drawing a picture of your diagnosis
The dilemma of the death certificate
Is SCAD rare? Or just rarely diagnosed correctly?
Recuperation and a red leather chair
The heart patient’s not the only one in the room
When heart attack symptoms disappear – and then return
Why “Call me if you need help…” is not helpful
Dear Carolyn: “Adapting to adaptations?”
A solution in search of a problem
Why won’t doctors believe women?
MDs often tell women to lose weight rather than address cardiac risk factors
Women’s heart health: why it’s NOT a zero sum game
The science of safety – and your local hospital
Auricular amputations in confectionary rabbits (or, do you eat the chocolate bunny ears first?)
The chest pain / panic connection
Heading home tips following open heart surgery
A Mother’s Day without my mother
This is NOT what a woman’s heart attack looks like
Yentl’s bikini: Dr. Martha Gulati on women’s most deadly heart attacks
Denial? Or doctorly deference?
Fun facts about my women’s heart blogA cardiologist’s own family calls 911 – but has to beg for help
When you ignore pain because you’re used to it…
Summer Book Sale!
Start a symptom journal, and solve a mystery
“Brave men” and “emotional women”: gender bias and pain
The questions you don’t ask your doctor
“A Typical Heart” – this documentary film pulls no punches!
Who is in charge of you?
When women are far too busy to seek medical help
Scope creep: when NO means maybe, and maybe means YES
A Typical Heart” Film Screening/Panel Discussion September 7th
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful…”
Choose your listeners carefully
Life before diagnosis: not as perfect as we recall?
The importance of planning for everyday joy
A tumor? In my heart?!?
Would you drive your car if its brakes were “failing”?
What heart patients can learn from Pinktober pinkwashing
The medical hierarchy shift
Why is it so hard for your doctor to apologize?
While we’re at it – and I am always at it…
The “new normal”: why patients hate it
30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: a review
“There is no gender bias in medicine. Because I said so…”
Bed rest and other kinds of cardiac overtreatment
The ISCHEMIA study: “That blockage isn’t a time bomb in your chest”
Women’s cardiac care: how do you think we’re doing?
Dear Doctor – here’s why we need you on social media
The Grinch’s Guide to Women’s Heart Attacks (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
The Christmas truce – 1914
Craving post-holiday solitude
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See this year’s list of newer articles, plus archives of all previous HEART SISTERS posts from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020. or 2021.
I 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, 2017). 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 20% off the list price.
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