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Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease

by Carolyn Thomas Johns Hopkins University Press
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women worldwide. Yet most people are still unaware that heart disease is not just a man’s problem. Carolyn Thomas, a heart attack survivor herself, is on a mission to educate women about their heart health. Based on her popular Heart Sisters blog, which has attracted more than 10 million views from readers in 190 countries, A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease combines personal experience and medical knowledge to help women learn how to understand and manage a catastrophic diagnosis.


In A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease, Thomas explains

• how to recognize the early signs of a heart attack

• why women often delay seeking treatment—and how to overcome that impulse

• the link between pregnancy complications and future heart disease

• why so many women with heart disease are misdiagnosed—and how to help yourself get an accurate diagnosis

• the importance of cardiac rehabilitation in lowering mortality risk

• what to expect during your recovery from a heart attack

• how the surreal process of coping with heart disease may affect your daily life

• methods for treating heart disease–related depression without drugs


Equal parts memoir about a misdiagnosed heart attack, guide to the predictable stages of heart disease—from grief to resilience—and patient-friendly translation of important science-based findings on women’s unique heart issues, this book is an essential read. Whether you’re a freshly diagnosed patient, a woman who’s been living with heart disease for years, or a practitioner who cares about women’s health, A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease will help you feel less alone and advocate for better health care.

Foreword, by Martha GulatiPrefaceAcknowledgments1. The First Signs2. Deadly Delay3. Finally, a Correct Diagnosis4. The New Country Called Heart Disease5. Depressing News about Depression and Heart Disease6. I'm What a Person with an Invisible Illness Looks Like7. One-Downmanship8. On Being a Good Patient9. The New Normal10. Making Peace with an Errant OrganRecommended ResourcesNotesGlossaryIndex

" [A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease] gives women the knowledge they need to become their own advocates in a health care system that continues to be weighted against them."

Carolyn Thomas, a journalist and public relations specialist, is a graduate of Mayo Clinic’s WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium for Women with Heart Disease. She is the creator of the blog Heart Sisters.