A recent article from the Associated Press reported on the results of a major, 12 year study on women and heart disease.
The study followed 63,000 women over a 12 year period of time. At the onset of the study, none of the women showed any symptoms or signs of heart disease. Almost 8 percent of the women were suffering from severe depression.
The women in the study with depression had more than twice the risk of dying from sudden cardiac death (generally caused by an abnormal heart rate) and an increased risk of dying from all other types of heart disease.
One of the most surprising results of the study indicated that women taking antidepressants had the highest risk of sudden cardiac death.
Although the study, at first glance, would indicate antidepressant medication could cause an increased risk for sudden cardiac death, the researchers point out that the results may also mean women taking antidepressants were suffering from more severe depression and it ...
Have you had a panic attack? If so, you're not alone.
A panic attack is a sudden onset of severe anxiety so intense that it causes physical reactions - when there is nothing to be afraid of. Your heart rate can soar, you might start to tremble or shake, your mouth dries up. You might feel nauseated or feel you can't breathe. You may feel dizzy or weak.
A meta-analysis of more than 5,500 patients scored the incidence of panic attacks and panic disorder across a number of other mental disorders. Of these, 61 patients had bipolar disorder.
Among those patients, 7.6% were diagnosed with panic disorder, 4.6% had a history of panic attacks, and 9% were currently having panic attacks. While those figures aren't as high as most of the other conditions listed (including several anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder), they still give a good look at the prevalence of panic attacks in bipolar disorder. Almost one out of ten of us is experiencing panic attacks at any...
Q. How can I tell if I have lymphedema? My breast area and upper arm have been a bit swollen, but I’m assuming that’s just a result of the surgery I had a couple of weeks ago. A. It’s true, you’ll see some swelling in your trunk and arm, especially on the affected side, for a couple of weeks after surgery. You can help bring it down by elevating your arm above the level of your heart several times a day, for about 45 minutes each time; prop it on a pillow as you’re sitting in a chair, or sitting up in bed. But if, after several weeks, the swelling doesn’t seem to be gradually going away, you may need some help dealing with it. Persistent swelling may be due to lymphedema. Luckily, most lymphedema doesn’t develop directly after surgery; that’s all you need, one more thing to worry about! Most lymphedema happens months or even years later. Q. So OK, I had surgery 18 months ago. My arm isn’t swelled up, but it feels…...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.