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
    If you are a heart patient with a Riata ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator), you should be aware of an urgent recall of potentially defective electrical lead wires in these devices.
    In December 2011, following reports of premature erosion of the insulation around the electrical conductor lead wires in these Riata devices,...Read More
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  • 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
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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health & General Preventive Medicine:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries, a new study finds.

    Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States' gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. And, even though the Unit...Full Article

  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    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
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology):

    FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks with low incomes who are diagnosed with esophageal cancer don't survive as long as whites with the disease, a new study finds.

    "In lower socioeconomic groups, outcomes for esophageal cancer vary by race, but not in higher socioeconomic gro...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The staggering cost of cancer care forces many patients to file for bankruptcy, and that financial stress may play a role in cutting their lives short, new research suggests.

    In fact, patients suffering from colon, prostate or thyroid cancers who...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans believe Medicare should cover approved medicines to treat obesity, a new survey shows.

    "Public policy and society seldom associate obesity with advanced age," James Appleby, chief executive officer of the Gerontological Society of A...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having a high-deductible health insurance plan doesn't mean people will shop around for the best health care prices, a new study finds.

    "Simply increasing a deductible, which gives enrollees skin in the game, appears insufficient to facilitate pri...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Families of patients dying of cancer felt their loved one had better care and quality of life when they died in a hospice rather than in a hospital's intensive care unit, a new study reveals.

    Relatives reported a better end-of-life experience mor...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. patients whose health insurance plans have high deductibles undergo fewer diagnostic imaging tests, a nationwide study finds.

    Researchers analyzed 2010 insurance data from more than 21 million adults nationwide and considered plans with hig...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act is working as intended, extending health care coverage and ensuring that hospital care is financially compensated, two new policy papers contend.

    The reports, published Jan. 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine...Full Article

  • Carolyn  Thomas - Victoria,  - Healthcare
    Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have been proven to be highly effective in protecting high-risk heart patients from sudden cardiac death - thus enhancing their overall survival.
    There can, however, be rare issues resulting from damaged wires in these  devices.
    If you have a "Riata"...Read More
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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare Insurance & Policy:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A cancer diagnosis is costly, and new research suggests that it remains costly even after the disease has been treated.

    "Cancer survivors are facing high costs even after years. The economic burden is substantial," said study author Zhiyuan Zheng...Full Article

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

    MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With only three weeks left in the latest Affordable Care Act enrollment period, U.S. health officials and community advocates are ramping up efforts to sign up difficult-to-reach Latino Americans.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Palliative care reduces hospital costs for incurable cancer patients who have other serious health conditions, a new study says.

    Palliative care is team-based specialized treatment aiming to provide patients with relief from the symptoms and stress...Full Article