There are two carotid arteries-one on each side of the neck-that supply blood to the brain. Follow the label directions on how often to take it. Confused? Angina can be described as a discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing, or painful feeling in your chest. The results obtained from the NLTCS-M and SEER-M were in agreement (excluding an excess for circulatory diseases in the NLTCS-M). Patients with mitral valve prolapse may be given antibiotics prior to any procedure which might introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, including dental work and minor surgery. Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders.
And one-third of the survivors are left with long-term health problems. A large 15-year study of nurses in Denmark concluded that the greater the work pressure, the higher the risk for heart disease among women ages 51 and under. Make sure you get an EKG to check your heart function, plus blood tests to detect heart damage. Do not leave the hospital until you’ve been seen. Daily tooth brushing and flossing can prevent and even reverse the earliest form of gum disease, called gingivitis, says Dr. This temporarily boosts blood pressure until your body adapts to the lower oxygen level, which usually takes just a few days. 1.
Mehra, one of three cardio-oncologists at Brigham and Women’s. Kathiresan. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines. If the pain is in your jaw and it’s constant, it’s likely a dental problem. A stabbing pain or one that hasn’t changed for hours is less likely to be a heart attack (see box), while pain centered in the chest that spreads out to the left arm or jaw is more likely to be one. Anecdotal evidence suggests that men often say their wives urge them to go to the emergency room when chest pain strikes. Shortness of breath.
If the damage is permanent and extensive, the heart may no longer be able to contract and pump well. If you do, you may need a CPAP machine to smooth out your breathing while you sleep. Keep in mind that these symptoms could also be the result of a pulmonary condition like COPD or asthma, or of a panic attack. The development of streptokinase and other clot-busting drugs was a big step forward in treating heart attacks. Breathlessness that starts slowly and lingers should not be ignored. By 2000, heart disease was claiming 60,000 more women than men every year. Extreme or unusual fatigue.
Men often feel pain in their chest, neck, and shoulders. No one can say for certain—at least without doing a major clinical trial. Rather, you are so tired all the time that you can barely walk down the street or do daily activities without resting. This could mean that blood is not getting to your heart fast enough due to a blockage. Once the grafts on both sides of the groin have been laid out, place the proximal aortic clamp more distally. Sweating or feeling overheated. If you suddenly find yourself drenched in a cold sweat for no apparent reason (and you know it’s not a hot flash), it could be the symptom of a heart attack.
It develops slowly and silently, usually without any symptoms. Anxiety. J. They’re aware that something is drastically wrong, but they don’t know how to deal with it. Too often women attribute this to stress rather than a heart attack, because their lives are so pressured. 6. Kernan WN, et al.
Feeling faint and shaky for no obvious reason could mean that not enough blood is getting to your heart. Pay attention to this symptom, particularly if you’re also suffering from shortness of breath and a cold sweat. 7. Due to the use of weights in this analysis, the obtained age-specific rates and standard errors could provide estimates which are valid for general U.S. Waves of nausea, stomach ache, cramps, vomiting and/or diarrhea are often reported by women who are having a heart attack. If nausea or vomiting comes along with other heart attack symptoms like shortness of breath, a cold sweat, or pain in your chest, back, or extremities, then you can be pretty sure it’s not due to food poisoning or the stomach flu. 8.
Indigestion or stomach pain. Because indigestion can cause the chest pain and burning known as heartburn, it can be confused with symptoms of a heart attack. Heartburn pain usually comes after meals, and it responds quickly to antacids or belching. It generally doesn’t radiate to the shoulders, neck, or arms, although it can. If the pain persists and is accompanied by a cold sweat, lightheadedness or dizziness, or it feels like an elephant is sitting on your stomach, then it could be a heart attack. 9. Prolonged insomnia.
In the days or weeks before a heart attack, many women have unexplained insomnia. They described it as feeling “wired” or having racing thoughts before falling asleep and then waking frequently and not being able to fall back to sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation can raise blood pressure and reduce your body’s sensitivity to insulin, both of which can damage the heart and lead to heart attack. 10. Chest discomfort. Heart-related chest pain is often centered under the breastbone, perhaps a little to the left of center. This last symptom is the most similar to a man’s traditional heart attack, except women tend to describe it as a minor ache, a heavy weight compressing their lungs, or as a burning in their chest (see #1).
If chest discomfort persists, it should not be ignored. As a cardiologist for more than 25 years, I know that heart attacks don’t have to happen. While there isn’t much you can do to change bad genes, there is plenty you can do to change your lifestyle. This begins with quitting smoking (the worst thing you can do for your heart and your health), improving your diet and losing weight, if necessary, by eating plenty of vegetables, whole fruits, whole grains, as well as lean protein and good unsaturated fats, and getting at least 20 minutes of cardio or core-strengthening exercise most days of the week. The plaque gave these women’s vessels stiff interior walls that tended not to rupture under stress (a common characteristic of heart attacks in men) but, rather, to erode. Stand at your desk when you can, to break up periods of sitting. It’s also important to reduce stress in your life, get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night, and monitor your alcohol intake.
Finally, take advantage of the best single predictor of a future heart attack — the CT scan for coronary calcium (ask your doctor about it). It could save your life. Arthur Agatston, M.D., is the Medical Director of Wellness and Prevention for Baptist Health South Florida. Routine reimplantation is not required in all patients. Dr. Agatston has published more than 100 scientific articles and abstracts in medical journals and is a frequent lecturer across the U.S. and around the world on diet, cardiac imaging, and the prevention of heart disease.
He can be found on the Web at SouthBeachDiet.com and EverdayHealth.com and he is also an advisor on heart health for Prevention magazine. Can. Hot dogs, bacon, sausage and deli meats — even lean ones like turkey — are made with loads of sodium and preservatives, often including nitrates and nitrites, both of which have been linked to heart problems. “With processing, you lose control over the quality of the ingredients,” says Cynthia Thaik, M.D., a Los Angeles-based cardiologist. Processed meats are also higher in saturated fat and lower in protein than any red meat you could prepare yourself, writes director of the Yale Prevention Research Center and HuffPost blogger, David Katz.