Heartfelt with Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley

  • AHA Mentoring and Paying It Forward for Women in Cardiology Almost 10 years ago, a high school student asked to shadow Dr Walton Shirley. Now Katrina Bidwell is presenting at the American Heart Association and about to start her cardiology fellowship.
  • Advice to My Younger Self From a Seasoned Cardiologist A visit from a premed student leads this cardiologist to reflect on the wisdom gained from 26 years in private practice. What tricks of the trade would she impart to the young Dr Walton-Shirley?
  • ESC Women and Heart Disease: A Different Animal Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley recounts a presentation by Dr Noel Bairey Merz on clinics dedicated to women and MI without obstructive coronary artery disease, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
  • ESC How One Morning at ESC 2017 Might Change Your Practice Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley highlights some standout results and some that she felt were less than illuminating on the first few days of ESC 2017.
  • ESC ESC 2017: No Tinc Por (I'm Not Afraid) Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley visits the memorial to terrorist victims in Barcelona and reflects on the changes in the world.
  • When the Physician Suicide Is Your Friend The undeleted texts from a physician friend lost to suicide haunt Dr Walton-Shirley, a reminder of the signs she missed. What can we do to better support medical colleagues struggling with mental-health issues?
  • For John Mellencamp and Other Smokers A magazine article on the aging rock star and heart-attack survivor who penned "Jack & Diane" reminds Dr Walton-Shirley why she is passionate about smoking cessation.
  • The Missing Link in Healthcare Policy: Constructive Conversation Whether the Affordable Care Act or the American Healthcare Act prevails, Dr Walton-Shirley dreams of a productive conversation among a committee of legislators and healthcare professional who make healthcare policy.
  • The Cardiac Consult That Wasn't Dr Walton-Shirley bemoans the lack of information given to busy physicians asked to come in from home for a consult.
  • ACC Harnessing Nature to Prevent CVD: Practice Takeaways, Part 2 Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley continues her sum-up of a session dedicated to genetics and cardiovascular disease.
  • ACC #ACC17 Best Meeting in Years: Here's Why Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley summarizes what was great about the ACC meeting this year, including some high points in presentations.
  • ACC Harnessing Nature to Prevent CVD: Practice Takeaways, Part 1 Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley provides a precis of talks given on a session dedicated to genetics and cardiovascular disease.
  • ACC What I'll Tell My Patients About FOURIER, SPIRE, and SURTAVI Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley recaps the three late-breakers from day 1 at ACC in patient-friendly language.
  • The Olive Oil Diet: A Book Review No, you can't douse your hot-fudge sundae with olive oil and expect great results, warns Dr Walton-Shirley, but she finds useful tips on healthy eating in this book by British GP Dr Simon Poole.
  • Why Physicians and Nurses Should Be Texting After some flip-flops, the joint commission reinstated its ban on texting orders. Dr Walton-Shirley is not a fan of their decision: if consenting docs and nurses want to communicate by text, why not?
  • To Be or Not to Be a Cardiologist Follow your passion and be honest about your strengths and weaknesses is among the sage advice that Dr Walton-Shirley offers to anyone considering a career in cardiology (or medicine).
  • Surviving Medical Practice After Workplace Upheaval Work dissatisfaction has pushed many physicians into early retirement. Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley chose to hit the reset button and begin again in a new state to practice patient-first medicine.
  • AHA Mr Trump: Please Repeal HRRP ASAP Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley attended a session HF readmissions and has a suggestion for the president-elect.
  • AHA Hypercoagulable States: On Clots and Other Things Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley finds what she's looking for on day 2 of the AHA meeting in a session on hypercoagulable states.
  • AHA America: Dumb to Tempt More Pot-Related CV Complications Dr Melissa Walton-Shirley recounts a presentation on the association of cannabis with takotsubo cardiomyopathy and discusses recent legalization efforts in several states and what it might mean.


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