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
    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
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Medicine:

    THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 2008 global economic crisis has been linked to a sharp rise in deaths from cancer, a new study reports.

    Unemployment and cuts in public health-care spending were associated with more than 260,000 additional cancer deaths by 2010. Most of thos...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine:

    MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants often face lifelong challenges, enduring more physical, emotional and social difficulties as adults than their peers born full-term, researchers report.

    In general, however, these tiny babies grow up to contribute to so...Full Article

  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    There are some important risks that are unique to women. For example, pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia have recently been identified as important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Canadian Dr. Graeme Smith's research at Queen's University suggests a 2-3 fold increased risk of heart...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
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Surgery:

    TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having a commonplace surgery -- such as a gallbladder removal -- may be safer when done in a rural hospital compared to a suburban or city hospital, a new study finds.

    "This study gives credence to what rural surgeons long suspected -- that well-d...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Radiology:

    SUNDAY, May 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The out-of-pocket price for a standard chest X-ray, CT scan or ultrasound can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on where the imaging is done, new research reveals.

    And uninsured patients trying to get the cost in adv...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare Insurance & Policy:

    FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans enrolled in Obamacare marketplace plans saw their out-of-pocket costs rise moderately in the past year, a new report shows.

    For those who did not receive government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there were slight inc...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pulmonary Disease:

    FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease face high out-of-pocket costs and other significant barriers to adequate medical care, a new report finds.

    "This report reveals a real patchwork of care for patients with chronic obstructive pul...Full Article

  • 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...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Vascular Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While Americans suffered fewer strokes overall from 2000 to 2010, stroke rates climbed substantially among younger adults and blacks, a new study found.

    Hospitalizations for strokes caused by artery blockages dropped 18.4 percent overall during ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 1 million U.S. children gained health insurance the first year after the Affordable Care Act -- also called Obamacare -- was fully implemented, a new report shows.

    The number of uninsured children fell from 5.4 million in 2013 to 4.5 mill...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Kicking the smoking habit boosts more than just your health -- it also saves money.

    That's because health care costs plummet just one year after stopping, new research shows.

    A 10 percent decline in smoking would reduce U.S. health care co...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overuse of brand-name drugs may be part of the reason why the United States spends more on medication than any other country, a new study contends.

    Too many brand-name drugs also contribute to greater out-of-pocket expenses for American consumers, r...Full Article

  • 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