Friday, February 24, 2012

About Women's Health: How Heart Disease Is Different in Women

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If you overheard a person complaining of sudden chest pain radiating down their left arm, you'd be right to recommend emergency medical care - as chest and left arm pain are hallmark signs of a heart attack. For men, that is. In women, it's a whole different ballgame.

Women and Heart Disease: Overview
Heart disease affects women differently, period. But many doctors still don't realize this, leading to incorrect diagnosis or treatment.
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Women and Symptoms of Heart Disease
One key way that heart disease is different among women is that the symptoms are often different. During a heart attack, for example, many women don't report chest pain. Instead, we may feel nausea, vomiting, indigestion, shortness of breath or sudden, extreme fatigue.
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Statin Drugs and Women
Statins can be quite helpful for women already diagnosed with heart disease, but the research is less clear if statins are beneficial if you're simply at high risk of developing heart disease. Statins, while enormously helpful for a lot of people, are not without their side effects, which sometimes affect women more.

Preventing Heart Disease in Women
Of course, all of this is a (mostly) moot point if you take pains to avoid ever getting heart disease in the first place. While you can't control all the factors -- like genetics -- you can control most of them.


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