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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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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 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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Symptoms of heart attack in women?

Symptoms of heart attack in women?

Same as in men: Same as in men, but maybe more subtle ... Chest pain, possible arm or neck pain, nausea, sweating, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, etc. ...Read more

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What are heart attack symptoms in women?

What are heart attack symptoms 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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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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Why are heart attacks in women misdiagnosed?

Why are heart attacks in women misdiagnosed?

Not sure: Women tend to present with atypical symptoms, present later, and have chest pains with normal coronaries. ? If its a hormonally related issu or that women have smaller vessels. Women tend to have more vasospasm as well. Broken heart syndrome also occurs much more often in women.They tend to have more rheumatologic issues that involve the heart. Clearly heart disease in women is not same as men. ...Read more

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

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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What age does coronary heart disease happen most commonly especially with family history,metabolic syndrome?

What age does coronary heart disease happen most commonly especially with family history,metabolic syndrome?

HIGHLY variable!: Hi. The risk goes up as you age, and at any age, populations with positive family history and metabolic syndrome have higher risk of CHD than otherwise matched populations without those characteristics. You can use the Framingham Risk Score (online), but still, it assigns risk based on population studies. You, the individual, have genetics and environmental characteristics not taken into account. ...Read more

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What happens to women with valvular heart disease in pregnancy?

What happens to women with valvular heart disease in pregnancy?

Can get worse: Valvular heart disease, or their symptoms, can get worse in pregnancy .. Consult with your md before getting pregnant ... ...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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Is congenital heart disease correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

Is congenital heart disease  correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

No: I think this is a definition issue. Congenital means "from birth", and most congenital issues are caught nearer to birth, especially major ones that either cause blue lips and gums, or failure to grow properly. Sometimes an issue like a small hole between chambers of the heart goes undetected, and is found later on a cardiac work up for other reasons. But issues like that start from birth. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver disease in girls?

Symptoms of liver disease in girls?

Same as in boys: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. In acute liver disease however, common complaints include: jaundice (yellow eyes, skin; dark urine, light stool), itching, liver enlargement & RUQ pain, ascites, fluid build-up, more. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart attack in young men?

The same: Anything between the belly button-mouth, front or back, including neck, shoulders, and arms + belching, "indigestion", sweating, ache/pressure including et cetera can be heart disease in the young or older patient. In diabetics and hypertensive heart symptoms can be "the flu", unusual fatigue, or nothing! ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of heart failure in women?

SOB, Edema: In both men and women shortness of breath, lower extremity edema, dyspnea on exertion, and on lying flat. ...Read more

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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 in women in their early forties? mom dad brother and sister no heart disease. on BP med pressure good.

How common is heart disease in women in their early forties? mom dad brother and sister no heart disease.  on BP med pressure good.

Uncommon.: The annual incidence of coronary artery disease before age 65 in women is about 0.5 % per year (most of that risk is actually in the years just before 65) Annual incidence of any cardiovascular disease is about 1%. That number is double for men. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart disease in women?

What are the symptoms of heart disease in women?

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

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of heart disease in women?

Same as men: Same as men but sometimes a bit different. Chest pain and shortness of breath are the most common, especially if associated with exertion, . ...Read more

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I am a women at 60 worried about heart disease and want to know what are the signs and symptoms ?

I am a women at 60 worried about heart disease and want to know what are the signs and symptoms ?

May be silent: Women & men are equally at risk for heart disease. The most eminent is coronary blood vessel narrowing, but in women especially, a vascular spasm can produce a clot and block the artery that bring oxygen to the heart muscle. Symptoms include chest pain- radiating to the jaw & left arm, along with sweating & shortness of. Breath. This is an acute event however, thus a checkup is warranted by md. ...Read more

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If heart disease in women is the big killer, why do so many ers and doctors send them home with symptoms?

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

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Arm pain is a less common symptom of heart disease in women. What is main symptom ?

Arm pain is a less common symptom of heart disease in women. What is main symptom ?

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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I read that indigestion is a major symptom of heart disease in women.?

I read  that indigestion is a major symptom 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 to do if i read in opera's magazine that indigestion is a symptom of heart disease in women.?

Heart disease: Opera is not a valid medical periodical. The symptoms of coronary artery disease and some other things can be similar to indigestion, that isn't specific to women. Women do tend to have less 'classic' symptoms however. ...Read more

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Can I have heart disease even if i don't have any symptoms? I am a 65-year-old woman with several of the risk factors for developing heart disease, but don't have any symptoms like chest pain or difficulty with breathing, could I have heart disease withou

Yes,you : Yes, you certainly can. An individual can even suffer from a heart attack without knowing it. 25% of people who have a heart attack have a "silent" event (they didn't know it was happening). The best thing to do is to see your doctor to be screened. Take care. ...Read more

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I get really sweaty in hot weather: back, face, etc. I've heard this is a symptom of heart disease? I'm a 25 y o female should I worry?

I get really sweaty in hot weather: back, face, etc. I've heard this is a symptom of heart disease? I'm a 25 y o female should I worry?

Sweaty: Some folks just sweat a lot. Sweating with heart disease is a specific situation and usually is pretty obvious. Most likely you should find something else to worry about. Talk to your own doc to get information specific to you. ...Read more

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Does having Frank’s Sign mean you have heart disease? NST/angiogram (4yrs ago) out of caution. Both normal No other symptoms, but curious regardless.

Does having Frank’s Sign mean you have heart disease? NST/angiogram (4yrs ago) out of caution. Both normal No other symptoms, but curious regardless.

Earlobe crease: A diagonal earlobe crease (also known as Frank’s sign) is minimally if at all predictive of cardiovascular disease. It is not something to worry about. ...Read more

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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?

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 symptoms of heart disease?

What are symptoms of heart disease?

Many: Common symptoms include chest pain/ tightness, chest pressure, shortness of breath, worse shortness of breath with exertion, jaw and left arm pain. Sometimes, however, people can be asymptomatic (without any symptoms) like women, diabetics and the elderly. ...Read more

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What symptoms indicate heart disease?

What symptoms indicate heart disease?

Heart symptoms: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20034056

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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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