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Chest pain is one of the scariest symptoms a person can have because the first thing we usually think of is a heart attack. Of course, any new chest pain should be considered a medical emergency and checked out right away. But once a heart problem has been ruled out, one of the possibilities your doctor may consider is costochondritis. Costochondritis ((kos-toe-KHON-dri-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It is one of the most common cause of musculoskeletal chest pain. Symptoms: The two main symptoms of costochondritis are pain and tenderness in the chest wall, specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone.
Pain – The pain of costochondritis is usually described as sharp and/or stabbing, but may also be dull, burning or gnawing. Often the pain gets worse when coughing or taking a deep breath. There may also be some difficulty breathing. The location of the pain can be on either...
Being a middle age woman is often a time of endings and beginnings. Your children leave for college while you take on caring for aging parents. The stress of it all may make you feel that your heart may be breaking – and in actually, it can be.
ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser and Bradley Blackburn reported that broken heart syndrome, which causes a seemingly healthy heart to begin working abnormally, is estimated to be the actual affliction of up to 2 percent of people who are diagnosed with a heart attack. Furthermore, studies suggest that up to 95 percent of patients who suffer from broken heart syndrome are middle-age women; most of these patients have gone through menopause.
The syndrome’s official name is takotsubo cardiomyopathy because left ventricle in the patient’s heart resembles a “tako-tsubo”, which in Japanese means a fishing pot used to trap octopus, according to Dr. Salim Virani of the division of Cardiology of the Texas Heart Ins...
I remember as a child that my mom would always make sure that I visited the doctor to get my shots. In my 20s and 30s, I didn’t get sick so I didn’t see the doctor that regularly. But as I’ve gotten into middle age, I’ve been making fairly regular appointments for a check-up. During one of those, I learned that middle-age women do need recommended immunizations , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
So I’m taking a liberty here by not addressing a purely menopause topic, but instead addressing the shots that are recommended to help middle-age women stay healthy as we age. Here goes:
Influenza (Flu Shot) – You need to get this particular vaccination annually throughout your life. According to the CDC, influenza is highly contagious and infects the nose, throat and lungs. This disease spreads through droplets when a person who is infected coughs and sneezes. Symptoms include a sudden high fever, chills, dry cough, h...
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