Heart Health: Carrie Fishers Lesson
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Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. Let me repeat that, heart disease is the NUMBER 1 killer of men and women in America.
If you ask anyone what they are afraid of dieing of, 9 out of 10 will say, cancer. Everyone forgets what kills the majority of individuals today. Women worry about breast cancer and ovarian cancer, but heart disease is more likely to be their cause of death. Just ask Dr Sharoone N Hayes, a cardiologist and found of Women’s Health Clnic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
“Many women, because of the focus on reproductive health, on breast health, on breast cancer, they think that’s their biggest risk, and that is their main focus on health prevention,” Hayes said.
Here are the real stats. Heart attacks kill SIX TIMES as many women a year as breast cancer. Heart attacks don’t just occur in elderly individuals either, they can occur in women in their twenties and up.
Do I have your attention? Because 47% of women surveyed as part of a recent study did not know that heart disease is their genders leading cause of daeth. Even those who did dont think its going to happen to them. No women personalize it, its always something that will happen to someone else, like a car accident.
What are the symptoms?
- chest pain, pressure or squeezing: 2/3 of men and 1/3 of women will experience this pain/discomfort in their chest
- jaw or arm ache/pain: more common in women
- upset stomach or heartburn: upset stomach for women can be misdiagnosed as GERD or as a gallbladder problem. Both men and women might experience nausea and vomiting
- shortness of breath: very common in women
- lightheadedness: may feel dizzy or feel as if they might pass out
- sweating: may break out in a cold sweat
What are the risks?
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- sedentary lifestyle
- being obese or overweight
- old age
- family history of heart disease
What are the solutions?
First, correct any lifestyle changes that
Don’t wait until you have been diagnosed with a condition to seek treatment. Heart disease does not occur overnight but is due to years of bad lifestyle choices. Let us assist you in your prevantive health.
Dr Duke Mansell