Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Heart Disease in Women

by Dr. Margaret Aranda

Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of Americans, both men and women. Heart disease includes heart attack, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and heart disease from birth. Prevention is aimed at lifestyle changes to include exercise, eating immunonutritional meals with dense value, controlling hypertension, not smoking, getting cholesterol levels in check, and avoiding obesity, particularly abdominal obesity.
            In women, the risk of heart disease increases with age, particularly after menopause. Specifically, the loss of estrogen may change the vessel walls, allowing blood clots and plaque formation. The “bad” LDL cholesterol may increase over the “good” HDL cholesterol. Blood clots may also form from increased fibrinogen, which also puts us at risk for stroke. A 2012 CDC study showed that  African American women have a 40% risk of death than Caucasian women.
            We don’t want to see women dying of heart disease. Women are more likely to tolerate the pain and not complain about chest pain. Women are less likely than men to go to the doctor and take prescription pill for their heart condition. Women are less likely to take their medications like they are supposed to. Women are reluctant to go to the ER or call an ambulance for chest pain, but they’ll do it for their husbands. Women usually have vomiting, fatigue, shortness of breath, sweating, and discomfort of the neck, shoulder, or upper back. And when they do get to the ER, women are less likely to be treated as if they had a heart attack. It takes a longer time for the diagnosis to be made. Also, doctors seem less inclined to send a woman to angiogram and Cath Lab, which is needed before bypass surgery.
            So ditch those potato chips and discover Immunonutrition and omega-3-fatty acids, put on your walking shoes (after you ask your doctor), and break the statistics for women!


5.     http://www.mayoclinic.com/health heart-disease/HB00040

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