Little time goes by for me without a request for cardiology consultation that involves a female, aged 35 to 60 who is having “problems that may be cardiac”. Invariably the idea that the symptoms are not related to menopause, either because the patient reports that the symptoms had ended some time ago, the periods were continuing, or that the doctor had done a blood test that showed that it wasn’t menopause leads to further investigation. As a male physician in a brief column I won’t belabor the many irritating symptoms that are recognized by women the world over and have been memorialized in magazines and books by well known people that have suffered the same changes and renamed them “power surges”. So how does a doctor go about helping a woman find out which symptoms she should worry about? Just the same way the doctor goes about diagnosing every other process in the body. We ask questions. You can ask the same questions of yourself. The answers can help s...
Chest pains are frequently a part of anxiety attacks. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) lists chest pains as a symptom of panic disorder and is common in other types of anxiety disorders as well. Chest pains, as a part of anxiety, are not normally considered to be dangerous. But chest pains can also signal a heart attack and require immediate medical care. For someone experiencing a sudden panic attack, complete with chest pains, it may be difficult to know the difference and to know whether or not to seek medical care. What is Chest Pain? Chest pain or discomfort occurs between the neck and the upper abdomen and is located in the front of the body. It can be caused by both serious and benign reasons. There are a number of organs and tissues in the chest area that can cause pain or discomfort in addition to the heart. The lungs and esophagus as well as the ribs, various muscles and tendons which can become inflamed due to illness or injury and caus...
If you're having heart problems you may feel that your heart is beating irregularly, very fast, or forcefully in your chest. You may have chest pains or experience a heart attack.
Symptoms of heart problems include:
rapid or irregular heartbeat
swelling of feet and lower legs
feeling weak or dizzy
Many things can cause heart problems, including stress, being overweight, and smoking. Several breast cancer treatments may cause heart problems:
chemotherapy, especially the medicine Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin)
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), a targeted therapy
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Some hormonal therapies:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Avoiding heart problems
If you have chest pain or trouble breathing, talk to your doctor right away. Since heart pro...
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