Carolyn Thomas

Bio

Carolyn Thomas has been described by cardiologist Dr. John Mandrola as "a heart attack survivor-turned-heart health evangelist". She's a 2008 graduate of the 'WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium' at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota - the first Canadian ever invited to attend this prestigious training program.  Since returning home to the West Coast from Mayo, Carolyn has done public  presentations about women and heart disease to thousands of people, including at her signature "Pinot & Prevention" events. She was named by 'Our Bodies Ourselves of Boston as one of their 2009 "Women's Health Heroes" in recognition of her community health activism. Her blog about women's heart health - HEART SISTERS - www.myheartsisters.org - has attracted hundreds of thousands of readers from 133 countries, and is included in ShareCare's 2012 list of "Heart Disease Top 10 Online Influencers".  HEART SISTERS was also named one of Healthline's "10 Best Heart Disease Blogs".

Specialties:

  • healthcare

Affiliation:

  • Heart Health Advocate, SharecareNow, powered by WCG

Location:

Activity

  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Cardiovascular disease needs to be moved up to the #1 position on this Top 5 list - it kills 5-6 times more women, for example, than breast cancer does each year, and in fact kills more women than ALL forms of cancer combined. It kills more women than men annually, too - and that stat has been true...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Some research suggests that optimism is particularly important for women's heart health. And optimism’s negative sibling – pessimism – may lower our resistance to illness, increase our chances of heart disease and even shorten life. As Dr. Martin Seligman writes in his highly-recommended book, Learned...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    We know that there are a number of cardiovascular risk factors that are unique to women, such as certain pregnancy complications that are associated with increased risk of heart disease. Women diagnosed with pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, for example, are 2-3 times more likely to have subsequent heart disease - years...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Not only is depression linked to heart disease, but many people diagnosed with heart disease are subsequently at risk for depression - especially female patients. As cardiologist Dr. Nieca Goldberg says, women under age 60 are particularly susceptible to depression because a heart attack is such...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    While we can't stockpile early physical fitness to help ward off heart disease in later years, our attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity do form in childhood.
    According to pediatric cardiologist Dr. Ronald Kanter at Duke University, "The seeds of heart problems are sown in childhood...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Cardiovascular disease needs to be moved up to the #1 position on this Top 5 list - it kills 5-6 times more women, for example, than breast cancer does each year, and in fact kills more women than ALL forms of cancer combined. It kills more women than men annually, too - and that stat has been true...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Any cookbooks by Canadian authors Bonnie Sterns or Anne Lindsay are an absolute must in the kitchen of those living with heart disease. My own copy of Bonnie's classic book "Heart Smart Cooking" is well-worn and food-splattered - especially her fabulous appy recipe called Sushi Pizza. Anne's Lighthearted...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    When my mother was pregnant with me in 1950, mothers-to-be were very afraid of weight gain. Back then, doctors had spent at least two decades warning pregnant women against gaining too much weight, believing that excess pounds would lead to dangerous conditions like pre-eclampsia or toxemia. And...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Margarine has been around for more than 100 years. It came into widespread use following the Second World War - largely because of its cheap price. But margarine's heart-healthy claims may not be as well-founded as their manufacturers would like us to believe.
    For example, most of the omega-3 fatty acids...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Some research suggests that optimism is particularly important for women's heart health. And optimism’s negative sibling – pessimism – may lower our resistance to illness, increase our chances of heart disease and even shorten life. As Dr. Martin Seligman writes in his highly-recommended book, Learned...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    It's important to remember that aspirin - even that tiny little baby aspirin tablet! - is not a benign drug. Daily low-dose aspirin is not for everybody. Particularly for women under the age of 65 who are not heart patients or at serious risk of heart disease, caution is advised before taking daily...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Here are some other weird facts about when heart attacks happen. We know that Monday is the most common day (Saturday is a close second) and early morning is the most common time of day. But we also know that 27% of heart attacks are more likely to occur around your birthday, especially in women....Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Stents should likely be implanted ONLY for acute heart events. Yet a recent New York study on patients who had coronary stents implanted (published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology) revealed some disturbing results. This study suggests that two-thirds of the justifications for...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Cardiovascular disease is our #1 killer. This is frightening because, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, about 80% of heart disease is preventable through basic lifestyle improvements like daily physical exercise, a heart-smart diet, managing chronic stress and maintaining a healthy weight....Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Not only is depression linked to heart disease, but many people diagnosed with heart disease are subsequently at risk for depression - especially female patients. As cardiologist Dr. Nieca Goldberg says, women under age 60 are particularly susceptible to depression because a heart attack is such...Read More