Women’s Heart Health

Womens Health

Provided by American Heart Association

 Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

 If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

We’ve all seen the movie scenes where a man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. In reality, a heart attack victim could easily be a woman, and the scene may not be that dramatic.

“Although men and women can experience chest pressure that feels like an elephant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure, ” said Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association volunteer. “Instead they may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.” Even when the signs are subtle, the consequences can be deadly, especially if the victim doesn’t get help right away.

“I thought I had the flu”

Even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging. “They do this because they are scared and because they put their families first,” Goldberg said. “There are still many women who are shocked that they could be having a heart attack.”

A heart attack strikes someone about every 43 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque).

Many women think the signs of a heart attack are unmistakable — the image of the elephant comes to mind — but in fact they can be subtler and sometimes confusing. You could feel so short of breath, “as though you ran a marathon, but you haven’t made a move,” Goldberg said. “Some women experiencing a heart attack describe upper back pressure that feels like squeezing or a rope being tied around them,” Goldberg said. Dizziness, lightheadedness or actually fainting are other symptoms to look for. According to Goldberg, “Many women I see take an aspirin if they think they are having a heart attack and never call 9-1-1. But if they think about taking an aspirin for their heart attack, they should also call 9-1-1.”

Take care of yourself

Heart disease is preventable. Here are Goldberg’s top tips:

  • Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to learn your personal risk for heart disease. You can also learn your risk with our AHA Heart Attack Risk Calculator found under the Heart Attack Risk Assessment (heart.org).
  • Quit smoking. Did you know that just one year after you quit, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent?
  • Start an exercise program. Just walking 30 minutes a day can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.
  • Modify your family’s diet if needed. Check out healthy cooking tips under Healthy Living, Healthy Eating (heart.org). You’ll learn smart substitutions, healthy snacking ideas and better prep methods. For example, with poultry, use the leaner light meat (breasts) instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs), and be sure to remove the skin.

For more information about heart health, visit the American Heart Association website www.heart.org.

Cardiovascular Diseases Are the No. 1 Cause Of Death in the U. S., BUT Research Shows That Exercise Can Help Prevent It and It’s NOT “Cardio!”

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.1 million lives a year. But It Gets Worse! By 2030, almost 23.6 million people will die from CVDs annually, mainly from heart disease and stroke.

So you may be asking yourself, “How do I prevent myself from becoming another statistic?” First, we must understand that cardiovascular health is determined by genetic and environmental factors, nutritional intake, quality of food supply, and exercise. Of these factors, we have the most control over how we exercise and what we eat. This article will discuss the exercise component.

Before we can discuss what exercise is and what we should do, we must determine what the cardiovascular system does. In most simplistic terms, it delivers blood, oxygen, and nutrition to the muscles and carries waste away. The cardiovascular system is supportive to the muscular system.

Most of our collective consciousness concerning exercise is based on a so-called “aerobics” philosophy. In 1968, Kenneth Cooper coined the term “aerobics” to denote his fascination with running. He later expanded this to include a host of activities, thus crossing over to millions of people.

Over the past few decades, the term “aerobics” has been replaced by the term “cardio” under the assumption that “steady-state” activities serve to stimulate and improve the functioning of the cardiovascular system. It is important for all of us to realize the following facts:

• The center of metabolism in the body is the skeletal musculature. Collectively, it possesses the greatest vascularity, the greatest concentration of mitochondria, and the greatest peripheral nerve supply. It is the site of a majority of chemical reactions and heat production.

• Although the heart is a muscle, it is involuntary. It is optimally accessed with exercise only by meaningful muscular (skeletal/volitional) loading. The very nature of steady state (aerobics) is to avoid meaningful muscular loading by burdening the bones, so that the muscles are spared to permit endurance and thus avoid exercise.

Good News!

So, how do we get to the cardiovascular system efficiently, effectively and safely? High intensity muscular contractions! How do we safely produce high intensity muscular contractions? Strength training. According to the CDC, “Strength training is important for cardiac health because heart disease risk is lower when the body is leaner. One study found that cardiac patients gained not only strength and flexibility, but also aerobic capacity when they did strength training three times a week as part of their rehabilitation program. This and other studies have prompted the American Heart Association to recommend strength training as a way to reduce risk of heart disease and as a therapy for patients in cardiac rehabilitation programs.”

Strength training is the only practice that can lead to total fitness, which directly and efficiently encompasses all of the suspected and unsuspected benefits that a person can experience from exercise. Strength training is the only exercise activity that asks not “how much can you tolerate?” but more appropriately “how little do you require?” In strength training, ONLY the results matter; the process is secondary.

Strength training stimulates skeletal muscular strengthening. All reasonable expectations from exercise are accessed through the skeletal muscles by strengthening or attempting to strengthen the skeletal muscles. These expectations include:

• improvements in bone density
• vascular efficiency
• metabolic efficiency
• joint stability
• muscular strength
• and cosmetics

So, when it comes to cardiovascular health and a myriad of benefits that accompany this idea, quit taking one step forward and two steps back. Get off the treadmill. Start an intense, progressive strength training program, two to three times a week for 30 minutes, and help yourself from becoming a statistic!

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What is Energy Medicine?

Annette hemPresented by Annette M. Hemminger, RN, LMT

Energy Medicine utilizes hands-on techniques that work with out body’s bioelectromagnetic system. Many of our body’s functions are electrical in nature including our nervous system. We can measure that patterns of electrical conduction of our heart, our brain waves, and even our muscles. We know that Energy Medicine like Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and other hands-on practices work.

Many studies have been conducted by the National Institute of Health validating their therapeutic impact, especially Reiki. The effects of these touch therapies were measured with bio markers in the blood and saliva. In one study, hemoglobin and hematocrit measurements of the oxygen carrying capacity of blood were significantly elevated after a 20 minute session of Reiki. Patients diagnosed with HIV were taught how to do self-treatment with Reiki and showed measurable improvement in control of pain. Unfortunately we do not have any instrumentation to measure the impact of the hands-on therapy. We just see the positive results, as highlighted above. Interestingly, aspirin was used for over 70 years before science understood how it worked in the body.

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