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Heart Disease For Women
Music?: "i left my heart in san francisco" always comes to mind, of course. I assume there's a typo: signs? Same as men with these caveats: premenopausal women don't get heart attacks unless they smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Chest pain in older women may be atypical. In both men and women, there may be no pain at all. Shortness of breath alone may be a pain surrogate. ...Read more
Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more
Heart disease/ Women: Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and also a leading cause of disability in women. Heart disease kills more women than cancer. It is extremely important to have regular checkups and see your physician concerning preventing heart disease and other diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The typical symptoms: You here are about such as chest pain, or radiation of pain to the jaw, neck, or arm, shortness of breath, or exertional shortness of breath, or sweats. Sometimes, people have atypical symptoms, such as discomfort in the abdomen. You might have nausea. Sometimes, it can be fatigue but this is pretty atypical. Keep in mind your risk factors. If you have them, be proactive and be tested... Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Differences: Women tend to have the same symptoms for heart disease as men, but there are some differences. Women tend to have more shortness of breath and fatigue & less actual chest discomfort. Although it is not an "all or none discussion, " any symptom between the belly button and the mouth, front or back, including neck-shoulders-arms and jaw can be a sign of heart discomfort. Hrs, md, facc. ...Read more
Mars/Venus: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity (bmi 30+), family history of heart disease. Some things increase risk more for gals than guys: smoking, mental stress/depression, lower estrogen after menopause; metabolic syndrome (belly fat+high blood pressure+high triglycerides+high blood sugar). We can: get moving, don't smoke, eat right, watch our weight, balance work/play. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CAD in women: Often women have the same symptoms as men, however, women can more frequently than men have atypical symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath or heart failure. This is because women develop heart disease at an older age and with other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease. In women ther may be no early warning symptoms of heart disease. ...Read more
Estrogen: Estrogen is highly protective against atherosclerosis. Premenopausal women generally don't develop heart disease unless they're born with it, smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Everyone, men and women, become increasingly susceptible to heart disease with aging. If we ever learn how to fix that, we may start having some folks who live forever! ...Read more
If heart disease in women is the big killer, why do so many ers and doctors send them home with symptoms?
Judgement calls: Not all symptoms are related to heart disease. The hard part of our job often is to weigh all the symptoms, and risk factors and make a calculated decision on how likely the symptoms can be explained by heart disease that also requires admission. It's not an easy task. You simply cannot admit every woman (or man) with symptoms and low probability of heart disease. ...Read more
Let me try to help: The most common symptoms of heart attack in women are , shortness of breath , weakness , unusual fatigue , cold sweat , dizziness , pain or pressure in the back or high chest , pain or discomfort in one or both arms , discomfort may be described as pressure, ache, or tightness; may come and go , a burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen , irregular heartbeat , nausea. Thanks. ...Read more
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