Session: Patient Involvement – 11:00 – Tuesday 7th July
Bio: Carolyn Thomas – Founder, Heart Sisters
In 2008, Carolyn Thomas became the first Canadian ever invited to attend the WomenHeart Science & Leadership patient advocacy training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Since then, she has spoken to thousands of women (and a few men!) about women’s heart health. Her presentations were once described as “part cardiology bootcamp, and part stand-up comedy.”
Her award-winning blog HEART SISTERS has attracted over 17 million views from 190 countries, and her writing about women’s heart health (specifically the patient experience) has been published internationally, including in the BMJ. She is also the author of “A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO LIVING WITH HEART DISEASE”, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Before her own cardiac diagnosis forced an early retirement, Carolyn’s career included over 35 years in the public relations field, including corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors ranging from Mercedes-Benz to the Salvation Army and the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Society. She lives in Victoria on Canada’s beautiful west coast. where she loves to host sleepovers with her 5-year old granddaughter, Everly Rose.