Heart Attacks in Women

Heart attacks used to be a man’s disease. This adage is no longer true. With the additional stress women are experiencing with juggling a career, parenting, running a home, feeding, clothing and educating their families, women are becoming increasingly susceptible to this man’s disease. However, it is very important to note that the systems differ in gender for men and women with heart problems.

Take also a close look and listen to this video in which Malissa Wood, MD (Director of Mass General Heart Center’s Women Heart Health Program) talks about how symptoms of heart attacks may differ between men and women and what the risks are. She explains about unique women heart attack symptoms and how and why heart disease treatment should be gender-specific.

Women who are pre-menopausal have very few heart attacks. The exceptions are smokers, diabetics, and women who are on the pill long-term. The largest risk factor by far is smokers. The following symptoms are the most prevalent indicators of possible heart problems amongst women.

When it comes to possible heart attacks in women, the most prevalent indicators are the following (and don’t forget that women in a severe physical condition due to, for example, breast cancer are extremely at risk of getting faced with cardiac problems):

• Nausea and vomiting that simply won’t stop leads the list
• Breathlessness with exertion
• Breathlessness that wakes you up at night
• Chest discomfort that starts behind the breastbone and radiates to the shoulder, arm, neck or to the lower jaw.
• Discomfort in the lower jaw
• Discomfort in the upper back
• Discomfort in the chest or back after a large meal, especially when doing usual chores
• Weakness that won’t subside
• Fast pulse with racing heart sensation
• Sudden loss of consciousness
• Physical inability to perform normal tasks

Women most at risk are those whose menstruation has stopped. Smokers lead the list. Those with high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity are also at greater risk. High cholesterol also seems to be a leading indicator of possible heart risk or heart disease and women living in extremely stressful domestic circumstances or in abusive conditions, are at risk as well of heart attacks.

Women must be cognizant of these risks and symptoms every bit as much as men with their own set of symptoms and risks. Heart problems are no longer gender sensitive. It affects women as well as men in today’s world.

Are Braces Just for Kids?

When you think of braces, you think about getting them for your child. You aren’t really thinking about getting them as an adult or you may think you are too old to get them done. Women’s Health is not just about eating healthy and taking care of your body. It is also about taking care of your mind and feeling good about yourself.

Going to an Orthodontist and getting braces as an adult can make you feel significantly better about yourself. People feel much more confident in how they present themselves partially because of what their smile looks like. While it is ideal to have braces when you are a kid, not everyone’s parents were in the financial situation to purchase them. As an adult, you may be in the personal financial situation or have good enough insurance to have the procedure done yourself.

One thing that may hold you back is the fact that you have the vision of big silver metal wires and brackets that you will be wearing for a while. The truth of the matter is that there are many advances over the years. Some orthodontists offer clear brackets and wires as well as Invisalign. Invisalign is a customizable and clear removable aligner that many people will take out when they feel is appropriate though thinking mistakes are all too common, unfortunately.

Obviously, for the best results, you want to keep it in for as many hours per day as possible. The longer you have it in, the less time your teeth will take to correct. My sister went to an Orthodontist in Providence, Rhode Island, and had the Invisalign done and has been pretty pleased with the results so far. it used to be rare if you saw her smile, but she is building confidence almost daily. I live in Westchester County, New York, so I don’t see her often, but the pictures she posts on Facebook says a thousand words.