If you have a heart problem, you know how difficult it may be to live a predictable life, and how scary it can be to have new symptoms—cardiac-seeming or not. Whether you are an adult who has had a heart attack or has a rhythm disorder, a younger person with heart problems like idiopathic cardiomyopathy … Continue reading “Medical ID for Your Heart: 7 Reasons Those with Heart Problems Should Wear Medical ID”

As discussed in our previous post for Indigenous Peoples Health Day, the health issues of Indigenous people worldwide are no different than those of non-indigenous communities, however, due to a variety of circumstances including finances, geography, cultural and historical influences, and influences of non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous peoples worldwide experience higher-than-typical rates of a variety of … Continue reading “Indigenous Peoples Health Day Part 2: Health Issues and Indigenous Communities”

We hear all the time how important it is to stay hydrated—and if you’re anything like me, it’s a challenge (which, I’ll admit, I do not accomplish 97% of the time). However, if you have certain medical conditions, it’s even more important to drink enough fluids (especially water, but also other non-caffeinated beverages) to help … Continue reading “Why Staying Hydrated Can Help Manage Medical Conditions”

National Nutrition Month and Chronic Diseases

Posted on March 2, 2017 by kerri

Good nutrition is important for everyone, but if you have certain chronic diseases, like diabetes, cystic fibrosis, or celiac disease, or food allergies, good nutrition can be even more important, and sometimes a greater challenge. March is National Nutrition Month, and today we’ll be taking a quick look at just some of the many conditions … Continue reading “National Nutrition Month and Chronic Diseases”

In 2012, I met Carolyn Thomas at MedicineX at Stanford University—my fellow Canadian ePatient at the conference that year, I remember her exclaiming “Kerri from the Prairies!” upon our first meeting! As I learned more about Carolyn’s story of being misdiagnosed when she was actually having a heart attack, I knew I wanted to help share her … Continue reading “An Interview on Women’s Heart Disease: Carolyn of Heart Sisters”

Not only is Thanksgiving coming up in the United States, but November 24 is Family Health History Day. If you are getting together with your family this Thanksgiving, this can be a great time to learn some answers to those questions that you’ve encountered on medical forms in the past but maybe were uncertain of … Continue reading “Healthy Thanksgiving Traditions: Learning Family Health History, and Other Fun Things.”