A woman suffers a heart attack every minute in the United States. Yet according to a 2009 American Heart Association survey only half of women indicated they would call 9-1-1 if they thought they were having a heart attack even though they were much more likely to call if a loved one had symptoms. 


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It’s a new year and several of my friends have asked me what they need to do to develop a journaling practice.  My first thought:  patience and empathy.  It takes a bold writer to keep a journal but it is the best writing you will ever do.  


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Several hundred patients gathered at the Hilton Union Station in San Francisco last week to give voice to what is being called the New Patient — the network patient.  From blogs, RSS feeds, Im’ing, and e-scrips, there appears to be an app for that to keep patients informed about their health and treatment choices.  


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When was the last time you saw a woman on TV have a heart attack?

Probably never. Only 20% of American women believe they are at risk for heart disease. Society’s view is that heart disease is a man’s disease. That’s what I thought too until I looked down at my own EKG in graduate school (circa 1978) and saw what appeared to be a


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It’s definitely not your mother’s public health campaign.

When the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)  launched the Heart Truth campaign seven years ago to raise awareness of women’s heart health their partners were your typical patient groups and professional medical societies.


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