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

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Annual lung cancer screenings for long-term smokers may soon be covered by Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday.

    The reimbursement proposal would cover annual CT scans for people aged 55 to 74 with ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing how doctors communicate during shift changes in hospitals reduced the risk of adverse events in patients by 30 percent, a new study found.

    In the study of nearly 11,000 patients, researchers also found that a better method of communicat...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of medical malpractice payments in the United States has dropped sharply since 2002, according to a new study.

    And compensation payment amounts and liability insurance costs for most doctors remained flat or declined in recent years, ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' opinions about the Affordable Care Act are sharply divided along political lines, a new study finds.

    Democratic voters are strongly in favor of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the researchers. Almost three-quarters of Dem...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Competition between medical practices helps keep health care costs lower, a new study finds.

    Researchers examined the average prices paid by preferred provider organizations (PPOs) for patient visits to medical practice...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of dietary supplements recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they contained banned ingredients remained on store shelves at least six months after they were recalled, a new study finds.

    For example, in July ...Full Article

  • 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
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Administration:

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

    Study Backs Routine Cancer Gene Testing for Many Jewish Women

    Routine screening for breast and ovarian cancer-causing gene mutations should ...Full Article

  • 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