AMERICAN HEART ORGANIZATION ….http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
GO RED FOR WOMEN ….. http://www.goredforwomen.org/
GO RED LEARN ABOUT HEART DISEASE AND STROKE….http://www.goredforwomen.org/about_heart_disease_and_stroke.aspx
GO RED FOR WOMEN ….. http://www.goredforwomen.org/take_action.aspx
I went to a seminar on WOMEN’s HEALTH SEMINAR, this is what I learned. …..
HEART ATTACK is the number ONE killer of women in America. HEART ATTACK kills more women than all cancers combine, including breast cancer. WOMEN’s rate of HEART DISEASE is ELEVEN TIMES HIGHER THEN ALL THE CANCERS COMBINE. (Remember, women who have had breast cancer can still have a heart attack.)
Women die FROM HEART ATTACKS at a rate of ONE WOMAN PER MINUTE.
WOMEN are more likely to die from a heart attack. When WOMEN have a heart attack, they have a poorer long term prognosis and are more likely to have a second heart attack. WOMEN have more severe consequences from the heart attack ….. more likely to develop congestive heart failure, decrease heart function, and become a cardiac cripple.
Why do more women die of heart attack and heart disease?
UNDER TREATMENT OF WOMEN
DENIAL OF SYMPTOMS BY THE WOMAN
LACK OF STUDIES IN WOMAN’S HEALTH ( In the past results from men studies were applied to women, but we are not the same.)
HEART ATTACK IN WOMEN PRESENTS DIFFERENTLY IN WOMEN THAN IN MEN. ( Mostly due to the anatomical differences between women and men.) Many women are unaware of the symptoms.
Pain in the back and shoulders, radiating to the jaw and neck.
SYMPTOMS tend to be vague…. “ I feel tired, I just need to rest.” Symptoms not recognized as cardiac or MI
Flu like symptoms, Nausea and Vomiting
Ignores major cardiac symptoms, before, the major event/ heart attack.
WOMEN tend to ignore the symptoms because THEY ARE TOO BUSY TAKING CARE OF THE REST OF THE FAMILY and they deny they can be ill. NO TIME TO BE SICK. Many women get there health care from an OB-GYN doctor rather than a primary care physician or a cardiologist. OB-GYN doctors do not have the advance training to diagnosis or treat heart problems, they specialize in OB-GYN. WOMEN ARE less likely to be referred for cardiac testing … EKG, cardiac stress, echoes, heart catherizations. This is slowly changing as more and more OB-GYN doctors refer to cardiologist and primary care doctors.
WOMEN’S anatomical structure IS different than men. The heart and vessels are smaller than men’s. Women have a higher death rate and a higher rate of complications. In the past women were treated less aggressively than men.
Pre-existing factors which contribute to heart disease:
Uncontrolled high blood pressure/ HTN
Diabetes and it’s associated complications
The future….. the need:
Increase patient / family education as to the causes of heart disease and the symptoms of a heart attack. Be honest, women run the home and the family. They not only impact their own health, but the health of the family.
Improve recognition of heart disease, need for early treatment. Current goal standard is less than 90 minutes from emergency room to catherizations lab. More aggressive treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of heart disease in women.
Increase gender specific research on better prevention, improving gender specific techniques for heart treatments.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TODAY???
SPREAD THE WORD….. Get your heart checked with a primary care physician and / or a cardiologist. Have your sister, mother, cousin, friends…. get their hearts checked.
Learn more about heart health…. IT is important to keep your blood pressure and diabetes in control. Exercise, more even if it is just walking a little more every day. Eat healthier…. Less salt/ sodium, less cholesterol and fats. Increase the fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet. Women control the health of the family… educate your kids.
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