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Why don't doctors test for heart attack risks in women more often?

Why don't doctors test for heart attack risks in women more often?

They should and do: Premenopausal women are protected from heart attack unless they smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Symptoms in this group are virtually always due to another cause. Post menopausal women, smokers, & diabetics have risks similar to men and should be screened similarly. ...Read more

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 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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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 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 frequently are chronic kidney disease patients screened for heart disease? Are they screened for heart disease on a routine basis, or just once?

How frequently are chronic kidney disease patients screened for heart disease? Are they screened for heart disease on a routine basis, or just once?

Heart disease: This depends in large part on their doctor and their symptoms and can be highly variable. A thorough clinician will be assessing this with some regularity, but that does not always necessarily happen. ...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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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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What are the tests for rheumatic heart disease?

What are the tests for rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic heart : After diagnosis for rheumatic fever then over time can develop rheumatic heart disease. It usually develops many years after the initial diagnosis and affects individuals in the 5th or 6th decade of life. Valvular disease is best followed by regular echos or ultrasounds of the heart. ...Read more

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What are symtoms of heart disease for women?

What  are symtoms of heart disease for women?

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 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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Is lipoprotein associated phospholipase a2 blood test better predictor of heart disease, heart attacks and stokes than myeloperoxidase (mpo) in men?

Is lipoprotein associated phospholipase a2 blood test better predictor of heart disease, heart attacks and stokes than myeloperoxidase (mpo) in men?

No, Different Issues: Mpo tends to reflect more active/prone to rupture vulnerable plaque activity, whereas lpla2 a protein on LDL particles which correlates with ?ed atherogenicity. Keep in mind artery ds typically begins age 7, ; earlier. Measured ldl, large hdl, hba1c ; BP are bigger issues. Many other biomarkers, like the ones you mentioned, also involved ; less important. Illusions of high tech often marketed. ...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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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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How accurate is a completed cardiac stress test in ruling out heart problems in a person with no personal or family history of heart disease?

How accurate is a completed cardiac stress test in  ruling out heart problems in a person with no personal or family history of heart disease?

Not very...: It looks like you are trying to predict a cardiac event in someone with a low probability of cardiac disease (a healthy person) the best example i can use is this. Can an eye exam predict a car crash? In people with normal eyes, probably not. But if the people you are all testing have eye problems, that eye test is much more predictive. If probability of heart disease is low, stress test less help. ...Read more

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What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

Depends: Depends on the part of the world. In the US, the most commonly affected valves are the mitral and the aortic valve, with the mitral valve developing leakage (incompetence) and the aortic either leakage or stenosis (tightening) or both. Hypertension, and other risk factors for coronary disease can also affect the aortic valve; mitral valve degeneration however is less well understood. ...Read more

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