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What distinguishes coronary heart disease in men from its presentation in women?

What distinguishes coronary heart disease in men from its presentation in women?

Similar: Anterior crushing pressure with arm extension- radiation. Angina= neck pain or "feeling" impending doom! anxiety shortness of breath diaphoresis ='sweaty clammy nothing- ladies dismiss any symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

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


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What is the difference in coronary heart disease in men and women?

What is the difference in coronary heart disease in men and women?

Virtually nothing: Men and women get the same heart disease at the same frequency. The symptoms may be different, but the disease is the same. Women often complain of fatigue or atypical chest discomfort, or shortness breath, whereas men often complain of chest tightness or pressure along with shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of heart attack different in men versus women?

Are the symptoms of heart attack different in men versus women?

Yes: Women often present with atypical symptoms such as fatigue, r weakness, nausea, and not the classic symptoms of chest pain / tightness or shortness of breath. Arm pain etc. It is important to seek medical attention for these type of symptoms. ...Read more

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Which percentage of coronary artery disease patients are female?

Which percentage of coronary artery disease patients are female?

Varies by age: It varies by age, younger women have less CAD than men (<45); however as they (women aproach 65 to 70) the percentages even out (55% men 45% women). ...Read more

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What percentage of undiagnosed coronary artery disease patients are female?

What percentage of undiagnosed coronary artery disease patients are female?

No precise #: While a exact # isnt really known, we know women tend to be missed due to atypical symptoms and late presentation. They also have more coronary artery vasospasm. So women need special attention and not be dismissed when they present with chest pain thats not the "text book" description. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary hypertension affect men and women at similar rates?

Depends on the cause: Assuming you're referring to primary pulmonary hypertension, the female to male ratio is 1.6 to 3.6 to 1, depending on the registry. Females predominate in all registries. ...Read more

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Sings of heart disease in women?

Sings of heart disease in 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

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Signs of heart disease in women?

Signs of heart disease in women?

Women and CAD: It may be, at times women can have somewhat atypical symptoms. They are usually associated with shortness of breath or lightheadedness. If you have symptoms that occur and do not resolve with rest you should see your physician or go to the er. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for heart disease in women?

What are  risk factors for heart disease in women?

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 more

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How common is heart disease among women?

How common is heart disease among women?

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 more

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How common is CAD (coronary heart disease) in young adults ?

Increasingly common.: With soaring obesity rates and more sedentary lifestyles in a society centered around the individual's pleasure, it is not surprising that the incidence of coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and hypertension are all increasing in young adults... ...Read more

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Are heart diseases generally more common among men than women?

Are heart diseases generally more common among men than women?

It depends: Up to the age of menopause, a woman who is not diabetic is much less likely to develop or suffer from coronary artery disease (cad). Once menopausal however, the rate of CAD progression seems to be faster among women as compared to the men of same age, such that usually by age 65 the risk is about the same. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for heart disease in women?

What are the risk factors for heart disease in women?

Same for men: The risk factors for women are the same risk factors for men. The big 5 are hypertension, elevated cholesterol, cigarettes, diabetes, and family history of coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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How common is degenerative disk disease (ddd) for men under 30? Which races and professions are most susceptible?

How common is degenerative disk disease (ddd) for men under 30? Which races and professions are most susceptible?

Degenerative Disk: Osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease are very common but only about 1% of this disease occurs prior to age 30. The cause at this age includes old injuries, deformities, repetitive trauma from work or exercise, endocrine diseases, epiphyseal dysplasia, infection, and congenital bone abnormalities. White race has a higher incidence than black or asian but numbers vary between studies. ...Read more

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Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


Male (Definition)

Male refers to the masculine gender, those people ...Read more