Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – 10-11:30 a.m.
Monterey Centre (in Oak Bay Village) Victoria, BC
Free admission – open to all!

Guest speaker:  CAROLYN THOMAS

Celebrate HEART MONTH with 90 minutes of this 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 Thomas’’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 based on what she learned at the Mayo Women’s Heart Clinic and from other leading cardiology researchers on women’s cardiac care.

Carolyn is 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.  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 Monterey Centre to register for this talk: (250) 370-7300.