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Heart disease is still the number one killer of women over the age of twenty five. Every 90 seconds a woman will suffer from a heart attack and one in three will die of their heart disease. Yet most women still don’t have heart disease on their radar.
I’m sure you are wondering what this has to do with acid reflux disease. Well, for women with acid reflux disease the symptoms of heart disease might be easily attributed to their acid reflux. That is because women often do not have the classic heart attack symptoms that a man might have.
Some of the symptoms women with heart disease present with are:
Tingling down one or both arms or legs
Nausea or vomiting
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or feeling light headed
Burning in the chest or back
Many of these symptoms could be chalked up to catching a cold or having a flare up of your reflux symptoms. That is why it is very important for women to know what the signs of a heart attack are and when in doubt get your symptoms checked out When it comes to heart disease it is better safe than sorry. Don’t assume that reflux is the cause of your chest pain and brush it off. That has the potential to be a deadly mistake.
It is also important to know your numbers. Have your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checked regularly. If you have a family history of heart disease or other risk factors it is important to discuss those things with your physician as they may want to monitor you more closely.
Control for the risk factors you can! Loose weight if you are over weight, increase your physical activity, eat a healthy diet, limit alcoholic beverages and if you smoke or use tobacco products- quit. These changes could very well save your life.
Jennifer Rackley is a nutritionist and mother of three girls. Two of her children have dealt with acid reflux disease, food allergies, migraines, and asthma. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Harding University and has done graduate work in public health and nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she does patient consults and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association.