Carolyn Z Thomas


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 - - 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".


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  • One of the most frightening scenarios that increase one's risk of heart attack is the combo of cigarettes plus birth control pills, particularly for women over age 35 who smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day. According to Mayo Clinic experts, birth control pills are NOT recommended for women over age...Read More
  • As cardiologist Dr. John Mandrola likes to say: "You only have to exercise on the days you plan to eat!” And not only is regular physical exercise good for warding off heart disease, it's even better for those of us already diagnosed with heart disease.
    Consider, for example, the research of Dr....Read More
  • 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
  • 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 each...Read More
  • Both men and women experience what are called "atypical" heart attack symptoms, but women may experience symptoms that are more vague than the textbook "Hollywood Heart Attack" we imagine when we think about cardiac events. It's important to remember that about 40% of us experience NO chest symptoms at all even in mid-heart...Read More
  • 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
  • Not only do women have heart attacks, there are a number of cardiovascular risk factors that are unique to women. We now know that certain pregnancy complications 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...Read More
  • Some people are apparently so extremely sensitive to alcohol that even moderate amounts – sometimes just a single drink – can trigger episodes of the heart arrhythmia known as paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. This unusual syndrome is what doctors often call “Holiday Heart“.
    This can occur in people...Read More
  • 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
  • via Twitter/@HeartSisters: How soon are heart patients safely fit to fly?
  • Carolyn Z Thomas posted a photo:
    via Twitter/@HeartSisters: Rt @HealthyFamilybc Eat your 7-10 servings of #vegetables and #fruit every day to feel like this:
  • via Twitter/@HeartSisters: Heart attacks do happen to young women: "If ECG is diagnostic, believe it! Don't convince yourself it couldn't be"
  • via Twitter/@HeartSisters: Early warning signs: How women can tell if they're headed for a heart attack
  • via Twitter/@HeartSisters: Why does your arm hurt during a heart attack?
  • via Twitter/@HeartSisters: Say what? Do patients really hear what doctors tell them?