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Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

"Part cardiology boot camp – part stand-up comedy!”

She’s back! Oak Bay’s own Carolyn Thomas returns to the Monterey Centre to celebrate HEART MONTH with 90 minutes of her fact-packed and surprisingly entertaining presentation all about women’s heart disease. Did you know, for example, that it’s our #1 killer worldwide, killing 5-6 times more women than breast cancer does each year? In fact, heart disease this year will kill more women than all forms of cancer combined.

So why do so many of us still mistakenly consider heart disease to be a man's problem?

"Knowledge is power" - and when it comes to learning more about our hearts, that is especially true. From our unique risk factors (and how to address them) to women’s surprising cardiac symptoms, Carolyn’s evidence-based talks reveal an impressive background: she survived a misdiagnosed heart attack herself, and in 2008 became the first Canadian ever accepted to attend the WomenHeart Science & Leadership patient advocacy training at the world-famous Mayo Clinic. Her talks are rooted in what she learned both at the Mayo Women's Heart Clinic and from other leading researchers on women's cardiac care.

She's the founder of the award-winning blog, HEART SISTERS - www.myheartsisters.org (which has attracted over 17 million views from 190 countries) - and is also the author of “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease” (published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017). The book's beautifully written foreword was volunteered by noted Canadian cardiologist Dr. Martha Gulati, who is now the Chief of Cardiology at the University of Arizona. Some of you may remember that Dr. Gulati joined Carolyn in person to co-present her annual "Heart-Smart Women" talk in 2017! And yes - a copy of this book will be once again awarded as a draw prize to one lucky participant during this presentation.

Carolyn's writing has been published internationally, including in the British Medical Journal. In 2012, the BMJ invited her to serve as a Patient Reviewer for cardiology papers submitted for publication to the journal. She continues to represent a unique patient perspective at medical conference presentations and community events, and has been interviewed about what she's learned since her own dramatic experience by media worldwide - from The Globe and Mail to The Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, Huffington Post, NPR, and CBC's The National, among many others.

This 11th annual Heart Month event is FREE and open to all, but pre-registration is strongly recommended (this talk is always full with a waiting list!) Register with the women you care about (and you can even enjoy a special heart-healthy lunch together afterwards in the Fern Cafe for just $10 each; just RSVP when you sign up). Use the Course Code #64314 when you call the Centre to register for this talk: (250) 370-7300.

Cost: Free Event
Category: Arts | Entertainment
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Location: Monterey Centre
1442 Monterey Ave, Oak Bay
This event is for Adults, Seniors
More Info: Philip MacMahon
[email protected]
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