Chat for heart health with storytelling

Articles and multimedia clips for the health communication • health literacy • social science aka #hchlitss chat on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST. Join the chat, follow the hashtag #hchlitss with co-hosts kdhoffman2 and rv_rikard. Special guest katellington


  1. I've written a series of reflective essays available online: "Summer Palpitations," "Matters of the Heart," and "Recovery and Healing" are stories parallel to my mom's battle with heart trouble where I bear witness as a physician-in-training, health advocate and daughter. In writing, I structure these experiences in search of meaningful storytelling through a pathway of empathic reflection by becoming a "meaning-making vessel"  employing the practice in attention, representation and affiliation as described by Dr. Rita Charon in her book, Narrative Medicine. The novel research and intervention for patients with uncontrolled hypertension by Houston et. al. along with my stories motivate this conversation about hypertension and culturally sensitive storytelling.   You can read the articles and/or review the video clips below.


    Charon, Rita. Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

    Houston, Thomas, K. et. al.  Culturally Appropriate Storytelling to Improve Blood Pressure A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine.154 (2011):77-84.

  2. "Summer Palpitations""
  3. "Matters of the Heart" and "Recovery and Healing"
  4. Listen to Julia's (No. 3)  story
  5. Hip Hop Heal NYC reaches young audiences with public health messages about knowing the signs of stroke. It's an innovative and integenerational approach helping children see F A ST signs that may be a signal to call 911. 
  6. Hip Hop Stroke "Stroke Ain't No Joke" Cartoon Clip
  7. Dr. Hayes is a well-known Mayo Clinic cardiologist who has been working with a group of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Disease (SCAD) patients using social media for research and peer-to-peer support for rare diseases. The "SCAD Ladies" (aka the patients) came to Dr. Hayes for help, and the patient-driven research, and SCAD network are alive and well.  The clip below is another take at Mayo where this parody helps everyone keep up with their "blood, pressure, lipids and bmi" numbers.


    Tweet MS, Gulati R, Aase LA, and Hayes, SN.Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: A Disease-Specific, Social Networking Community–Initiated Study. Mayo Research Proceedings. Mayo Clin Proc. September 2011 86(9):845-85086(9):836-837.

  8. Know Your Numbers - 8675309 Parody - Mayo Clinic
  9. Star Jones tells a compelling story for heart health her tweets as well as the video clip, and I just love the shoes.
  10. Star Jones Stomps Out Heart Disease
  11. Dr. Mike Evans offers more storytelling for heart health. He asks, "What is the single best thing you can do for your health?" The answer is surprising.
  12. 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
  13. Dr. Nundy discovers the need for storytelling in heart failure.  Read his story on KevinMD
  14. You can also take a look at a few of the tweets from Dr. Tom Frieden's #CDCChat on cardiovascular disease, stroke and prevention.