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:

  • Victoria

Activity

  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    There is no single food or supplement or miracle product that protects the heart against heart disease in the absence of ongoing regular lifestyle improvements (daily exercise, healthy overall diet, smoking cessation, stress management and maintaining a healthy weight). Virtually all studies promoting tomatoes'...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    In February 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a new set of warnings and safety recommendations to appear on the labels of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs like Lipitor (as well as other cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Mevacor, Crestor, Zocor, and combination products like Vytorin). According to the FDA, patients...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    We're seeing more and more interesting research on the link between pregnancy complications and subsequent heart disease. Take pre-eclampsia, for example: research like Dr. Graeme Smith's work at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) has found that pre-eclampsia increases the risk of future heart...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Despite the proliferation of fantastic health claims surrounding goji berries, there have been few good-quality human or animal studies to prove their effectiveness, according to Canadian Globe and Mail columnist Leslie Beck, RD. She cites, for example, one of the most recent goji berry studies p...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    I'm a heart attack survivor who was also a healthy distance runner for 19 years. I didn't smoke, didn't have issues with diabetes or cholesterol or family history or other major cardiac risk factors. But what I DID have was a pregnancy complication called "pre-eclampsia" while pregnant with my first...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    When my kidlets were little, their favorite after-school snack was what we called "Ants on a Log" -- celery sticks, spread with crunchy peanut butter (natural, not the sugar-added kind) and dotted with dried cranberries or raisins. Fun, delicious and a healthy way to fill that gap between lunch and...Read More
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  • 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