Research indicates that colder weather during the winter months can actually result in an increase in cardiovascular events, particularly if you already have high blood pressure . With coronary heart disease being the number one killer in America, and stroke being number three, it's clear that we need to be vigilant and take any precautions we can. The good news is that you can reduce your risk factors significantly by simply knowing the warning signs, and by responding quickly. The American Heart Association advise that those who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, such as lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. They caution that walking through heavy, wet snow or snowdrifts can put added strain on the heart. To keep warm, it is best to wear layers of clothing, and a hat or headscarf if you plan to go outdoors. Heart Attack Just thinking about having a heart attack can be particularly frightening, however if you learn the warning ...
Lisa Nelson RD #2: For women the signs of a heart attack are more subtle. What should women watch for? If everyone responded to every arm/jaw/chest/indigestion/feeling "not quite right" symptom, they'd never leave the ER!
Dr. Shelby-Lane: The female heart often is misdiagnosed.
True or false: Every year, more women die of heart disease than men.
The answer is true, but if you didn't know it, you're not the only one. In a survey of 500 physicians led by preventative cardiologist Lori Mosca, M.D, Ph.D., less than 20 percent knew the answer.
When it comes to women and heart disease , ignorance can be deadly. The misconception that heart disease is a "man's disease" is the main reason women are misdiagnosed, or receive delayed treatment, when experiencing symptoms of heart disease and even a heart attack .
Consider these findings:
In a recent study at Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 230 physici...
How It Happens The heart pumps blood enriched with oxygen and vital nutrients throughout the entire body by way of a network of arteries. The heart itself must also be supplied with oxygen-rich blood in order to perform its job. Heart disease occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked due to fatty material building up in the arteries and eventually closing them off. This process is called atherosclerosis , or “hardening of the arteries.” The fatty buildup can eventually close the arteries off, or, if the fatty deposit breaks, a blot clot can form, which can also block the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart. As a result, the heart becomes badly damaged due to tissue death from lack of oxygen. Common Symptoms Chest Pain Cold sweats, shortness of breath and lightheadedness Heart attack Coronary heart disease commonly leads to heart attack. If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 or contact your emergency response system immediately. Learn more about heart a...
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