Heartwarming talk returns to Monterey

Heart attack survivor Carolyn Thomas will speak about women and heart disease Tuesday in Oak Bay

Heart health advocate Carolyn Thomas arrives early for a workout at Monterey Recreation Centre

Part cardiology bootcamp and part stand-up comedy – Heartwarming: All About Women & Heart Disease  returns to the Monterey Centre this month.

Heart attack survivor Carolyn Thomas shares her experience and knowledge gained from the Women Heart Science and Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic. In 2008 Thomas had “Hollywood heart attack” symptoms: chest pain, left arm pain, sweats.

“You have to pay attention to your heath in general,” Thomas said. “Women’s heart disease is real, but 80 per cent of heart disease they believe is preventable.”

She addresses women’s unique cardiac risk factors and how to reduce risks, recognize unusual symptoms of women’s heart attacks, and emerging studies.

Heartwarming runs May 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 1442 Monterey Ave. Admission is free, but there’s usually a waiting list so pre-registration is required. Call 250-370-7300 and cite course code #127105.

 

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