Carolyn 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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  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare

    How can I survive a heart attack?

    While there are few guarantees in life, an interesting 2010 study* published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet showed that simply inflating a blood pressure cuff around your arm when you’re having a heart attack may actually reduce the amount of permanent heart muscle damage by up to one half. Although it...Read More
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    Do stents prevent heart attacks?

    Many heart patients believe that stents have far greater benefits than they actually do, according to research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Over 80% of heart patients studied who had undergone angioplasty with stents implanted believed that this procedure would cut their...Read More
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    Do doctors use heart stents for acute heart events?

    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
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    How do tomatoes protect against heart disease?

    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
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    What are the risks and benefits of an implantable cardiac defibrillator?

    One risk for heart patients who have had an ICD implanted is the rare possibility of defective or damaged lead wires in the devices.
    If you have a "Riata" ICD implanted, for example, you should be aware of an urgent recent recall of potentially defective electrical lead wire in these devices.
    In December 2011,...Read More
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    How do I start exercising after a heart health crisis?

    One week after my own heart attack, I remember a stupefyingly slow one-block walk to the corner, leaning on the arm of my son, Ben, and feeling distressingly frail and weak. My hospital discharge instructions from the Coronary Care Unit had been to try walking one block a day for the first week,...Read More
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    If I was active when I was young, does that help my heart now?

    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...Read More
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    What is holiday heart?

    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
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    Who treats heart disease?

    I'd like to think that this is a trick question. The correct answer, I believe, should be YOU!  According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, up to 80% of heart disease is entirely preventable. This means that YOU are in charge, through aggressive lifestyle improvements that YOU implement each day....Read More
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    What are the health benefits of resveratrol for women?

    Resveratrol has been positioned by some as the darling of all nutritional supplements for heart health - based on the hope that resveratrol or a compound based on it could mimic the effects of a severely restricted diet (which has been shown to extend the life of mice). But recent charges of widespread...Read More
  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare

    What should I know if I have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

    If you have a Riata ICD implanted, you should be aware of an urgent recall of  potentially defective electrical lead wire in these devices.
    In December 2011, following reports of premature erosion of the insulation around the electrical conductor lead wires in these Riata devices, the FDA ordered...Read More
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    How can I find heart-healthy recipes?

    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 Ligh...Read More
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    What is the risk of heart attack in women who smoke?

    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...Read More
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    Is optimism good for my heart?

    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
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    How does preeclampsia affect women during pregnancy?

    Preeclampsia may not only be a serious concern during pregnancy itself. Women diagnosed with preeclampsia also have a two to three-fold increased risk of developing heart disease down the road. In fact, the American Heart Association added preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications like gestational...Read More