I started my illustrations with the intention of sharing evidence-based information about health in a simple and non-threatening way. I believe that the more knowledge you have, the healthier you can be. An informed patient can also help medical professionals make quicker and better decisions.
I wanted to create a safe space for my followers where no topic is taboo; to encourage dialogue and build supportive communities around different health issues.
‘Hen’ comes from the Swedish gender-neutral pronoun. It was originally created for equal employment opportunities. In Hen World, we normalize the conversation around gender and health. Nobody should be subjected to preconceived judgements based on these issues.
I strive to combat misinformation with a voice of compassion, and I hope that my work continues to help many around the globe.
Dr Hen is a fictional doctor that uses illustration and animation to raise awareness about different health topics in order to encourage dialogue and build supportive communities. Dr Hen, along with the rest of the medical team on Hen World, share evidence-based health information through a combination of easy-to-understand language, relatable characters, and a dose of light-hearted humor – which makes learning about health so much less intimidating.
“Heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction (MI), occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart muscle. Chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom in both males and females, although it is not always the most noticeable sign. It is possible to have a heart attack without chest pain, and females are more likely to experience a “silent” episode or display unusual symptoms. A recent study found that the heart attack rate has risen among those aged 35-54, especially females.
Females are more likely to die from a heart attack than males, as silent heart attacks often go unnoticed. Permanent damage to the heart muscles can often be avoided if treatment is delivered within 3-4 hours. After about 12 hours, this damage is usually irreversible.”
Dr Hen has collaborated with many universities and health foundations, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). To see more of Dr Hen’s work, visit: