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What is the liklelyhood of 41 female smokes on BP med press good all tests normal will I get heart disease early.

What is the liklelyhood of 41 female smokes on BP med press good all tests normal will I  get heart disease early.

Can't give you a %: BUT your risk is definitely increased significantly compared with a premenopausal woman, nonsmoker and with "all good tests". Tobacco is toxic to endothelium of all internal organs and cessation is highly recommended. Seriously consider it and even your lung function can normalise after 1 year of quitting tobacco. Numerous health benefits. ...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 likelihood of 41 female who smokes and taking BP med getting heart disease early BP under control all tests normal.

What is the likelihood of 41 female who smokes and taking BP med getting heart disease early BP under control all tests normal.

You decide: You can calculate your own risk at http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov/ I entered the following for you (just my guesses): BP 110, Total cholesterol 160, HDL 50, Smoker, 41 yo, female; your risk of having a heart attack over the next 10 years would be 1%. If your numbers aren't as good as the one's I entered, your risk will be higher, but much lower if you stop smoking! Good luck to you! ...Read more

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Went to ER had all tests done, they're normal . 26 y/o female great lab results...Could i still have heart disease even with a great ekg. I am obese.?

Went to ER had all tests done, they're normal . 26 y/o female great lab results...Could i still have heart disease even with a great ekg. I am obese.?

Yes, but not likely: Your question includes minimal information and i can't provide a very certain answer. However, i can say this. An ekg can miss many kinds of heart disease. A treadmill stress test is better at checking to see if chest pain is likely to be from your heart or not. However, you are probably low risk just by virtue of your gender and age. ...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 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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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 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