Admit it. The title of this little sharepost sounds romantic, doesn't it? My heart skipped a beat. Zing!went the strings of my heart. Well my heart went Boom when she crossed that room...
Ah, love is grand, but palpitations...not so much.
My first experience with skipped beats happened in high school, which is typical for those who have mitral valve prolapse or a "heart murmur," usually a benign condition. Hormones of adolescence can trigger these sometimes noticeable "blips" on the heart's radar screen, but contrary to what we may feel, these are not actually skipped beats.
Premature Ventricular Contractions or Atrial Contractions (PVCs or PACs) are actually the heart's way of making up for a pause with an extra beat which often feels forceful and gets our attention.
Any time we are paying attention to our hearts we probably aren't having a good time. The heartbeat ideally should be unnoticeable to us. Still, millions of Americans are familiar w...
Depression in men and women is thought to be different. One of these differences is the assumption that some imbalance of female hormones can play a significant role in the onset of depression in women. This, it is often argued, helps to explain the reason why more women than men appear to suffer from depression. But is it really as simple as this? Two conditions commonly associated with hormones and depression are Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and the so-called ‘baby blues' (postpartum depression). Premenstrual disorders and postpartum depression do seem to point to hormonal imbalance, but research findings are actually less conclusive than might be expected in relation to the role of female hormones to depression. A diagnosis of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PDD) follows after five or more of the following symptoms of major depression during most menstrual cycles: Feeling of sadness or hopelessness, possible suicidal thoughts Feelings of tension or an...
Have you ever leaked urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, stand
up or exercise? Are there times when you cant get to the
toilet fast enough? These are just some of the questions asked to
women in the Womens Health Initiative (WHI) clinical trial.
You may have heard of WHI. Its a 15-year project involving
over 161,000 women ages 50-79. It is one of the most far reaching
programs of research on women's health ever conducted in the
The WHI has released a number of findings on the effects of
hormone therapy. But did you know they studied the effects of
hormone therapy on incontinence? They looked at stress and urge
incontinence in women and found that hormone therapy causes
incontinence and makes the condition worse in women who are already
incontinent. This is true if a woman is taking estrogen alone or
taking a combination of estrogen and progestin.
If youre thinking about taking hormone therapy, keep these
points in mind:
-Incontinence is a risk of taking h...
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