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Women, High Blood Pressure & Heart Attacks

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On March 25, 2019
 

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a dangerous condition that affects more than one out of every three persons. 33.4% of men and 30.7% of women have hypertension. These figures cause at least 1,100 deaths per day or 440,000 deaths per year that directly related to hypertension. High blood pressure is called the “Silent Killer” because there are no symptoms until it is too late. But if there are symptoms – doctors are more likely to miss them – when women patients are concerned.

Misdiagnosed Heart Attack in Women

Doctors are more likely to dismiss heart attack symptoms as not heat related in women younger than 55, according to a new study published in Circulation February 20th, 2018. According to the article, women are less likely to present with chest pain for acute myocardial infarct AMI.

The researchers interviewed more than 2,000 women and 976 men ages 18-55 who were hospitalized for a heart attack – what physicians call an acute myocardial infarct – at 100 hospitals that participated in the study.

The report stated that both men and women reported chest pain and pressure. However, women were more likely to present with other symptoms as well. For example, women were more likely to report a jaw, neck, and arm pain. They also reported indigestion or shortness of breath. Also, women were more likely than men to tell their physicians that they thought it was stress related.

Men Vs. Women’s Heart attack symptoms

Men and women present differently when experiencing a heart attack.

Men :

  • Generally suffer from localized pain on the left side of the body, usually the left chest or arm.
  • Often describe this as crushing, even debilitating pain.

Women:

  • More likely to experience exhaustion, dizziness, shortness of breath, or nausea.
  • If they have localized pain, it may be in the jaw or neck and in either or both arms.
  • Often describe flu-like/ and or non-specific symptoms

Women are usually in their 70’s when they suffer their first heart attack, which far too often is fatal. That is because so many of the early warning signs have been misread. Women are much more likely to die within their first year after having a heart attack.

Menopause and Heart Disease

When it comes to heart disease, the hormone estrogen offers amazing cardiac protection for women. With the loss of estrogen, due to menopause, low-density lipids or LDL’s the bad cholesterol begins to rise. Conversely, the HDL or high-density lipids begin to drop.

Postmenopausal women have greater levels of cholesterol than do men of the same age. If you combine this with an unhealthy elevation of triglycerides, postmenopausal women over the age of 65 are left at an unusually higher risk of death from heart disease.


6 signs of Heart Attack in Women
  1. Pain/tightness in the chest – A common symptom is a feeling of tightness. Pressure or discomfort in the chest. Chest pain is caused by blockages within the main heart arteries. Women also have a tendency to have blockages in small arteries coming from the heart. This is known as microvascular coronary disease. Because of this, chest pain may not be the worst or most recognizable symptoms for a woman.
  2. Shortness of Breath (SOB) – You may feel like you cannot breathe properly or you cannot get enough air into your lungs. Some women even experience difficulty breathing a few weeks before having a heart attack.
  3. Nausea/Vomiting or Sweating – You may feel queasy or actually vomit. You may also feel sweaty and clammy.
  4. Lightheadedness/ Dizziness – You may feel lightheaded, dizzy, or just not feel “Quite With It”.
  5. Pain In Other Parts Of The Body – You may feel pain or pressure in your jaw, neck, arm, lower or upper back, belly or torso. You may feel like you have indigestion or heartburn. Remember pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.
  6. Unusual Fatigue/Weakness – You may suddenly feel very tired or very weak. These symptoms can occur with or without chest discomfort.
Women and High Blood Pressure

A common misconception is that high blood pressure rarely affects women. Yet nearly half of all adults with high blood pressure are women. Also at age 65 and up women are more likely to have high blood pressure than men.

While high blood pressure is not directly related to gender, throughout a woman’s life, health issues like pregnancy, birth control, and menopause increase the risk of developing high blood pressure.

Risks & Treatments

You may be surprised to learn that many women take blood pressure drugs but still have high blood pressure. This is especially true for older women. Why? There are numerous reasons. Some women may not take their drugs as prescribed, whether incorrect amounts or at the wrong times. For others, a drug may not lower their blood pressure enough.

To prevent stroke, heart attack or heart failure, blood pressure must be controlled to below 140/90.

So make sure you’re in control of your high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor and ask about your blood pressure level. If it is too high, ask about adjusting your drug and making lifestyle changes that will bring your blood pressure to below 140/90.

Taking Control of Your High Blood Pressure

The optimum blood pressure target is different for different people.

Official guidelines are just that: They guide doctors and patients. “But every patient is different,” says Townsend, one of the country’s leading experts on hypertension. For patients at low cardiovascular risk, a higher systolic target may be acceptable. The same may be true for some high-risk patients who can’t tolerate aggressive therapy because of side effects. “With a 69-year-old who’s already taking four blood pressure medications to get down to 135, you have to think carefully about whether it’s worth adding another medication,” Townsend says. The best advice is to ask your doctor what’s right for you.

There are many things you can do to help yourself avoid high blood pressure and heart attack. If you are a woman know the signs and symptoms and do not shrug it off as just anxiety. If you are the partner of a woman you to should also know the signs. If you see your partner exhibiting these signs sit her down and call 911.


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Just a Little Heart Attack

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On January 20, 2019

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.

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

  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.

Sometimes spikes in blood pressure can trigger a heart attack. We might ignore the warning signs and continue going on with our day as usual. “Go Red For Women” wants you to educate yourself and be aware.

 

 

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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.

“Many women I see take an aspirin if they think they are having a heart attack and never call 9-1-1,” Goldberg said. “But if they think about taking an aspirin for their heart attack, they should also call 9-1-1.”

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Exercising When You Are Angry May Lead to Your First Heart Attack

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On September 26, 2018

We have all been told that exercise will help us blow off steam when we are upset or angry. But a new study is showing that this thought is deadly. People who have exercised when emotionally upset tend to have their first heart attack during this time period.

According to the study, “Physical exertion, anger, and emotional upset are reported to trigger acute myocardial infarction (AMI). In the INTERHEART study, we explored the triggering association of acute physical activity and anger or emotional upset with AMI to quantify the importance of these potential triggers in a large, international population.

Physical exertion and anger or emotional upset are triggers associated with first AMI in all regions of the world, in men and women, and in all age groups, with no significant effect modifiers.

What Correlation the Study Found

In these analyses of INTERHEART, they confirmed previous reports that heavy physical exertion and anger or emotional upset may act as triggers of first acute myocardial infarction, but we also extend findings to all regions of the world.

They found an interaction between heavy physical exertion and anger or emotional upset with an additive association in participants with exposure to both in the 1 hour before acute myocardial infarction.

Researchers did not report effect modification by previous cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular risk factor burden, cardiovascular prevention medications, or time and day of onset of symptoms.

What Are the Implication of the Study?

The findings suggest that clinicians should advise patients to minimize exposure to extremes of anger or emotional upset because of the potential risk of triggering acute myocardial infarction.

The research also suggested that heavy or vigorous physical exertion (but not any physical activity) may trigger a myocardial infarction.

Therefore, given the established benefits of regular physical activity over the long term, clinicians should continue to advise patients about the lifelong benefits of exercise.

How to Manage Anger
  1. Recognize the warning signs that you’re getting ticked off.
    Do you notice rising irritation, a sense of frustration, increase in your breathing rate or a quickening pulse? Take a moment to get things in perspective and explore your feelings.
    Breathe mindfully for a few breaths as you notice your body sensations change. Listen for your thoughts without adding to the inner dialogue, or trying to silence them. What are your thoughts saying? It can take some patience to stick with the unpleasant feelings but remind yourself to come back to observing the anger with self-compassion and discover what your anger has to teach you.
  2. Know this: You have choices
    Acknowledge that in many situations your only choice is how you react. During challenging times, remind yourself: “I have a choice here,” and choose not to waste your time wallowing in negative emotions.
  3. Meditate!
    Meditation slows down the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety, and, as a result, relieves stress. In one trial participants in an eight-week mindfulness meditation, the stress-reduction program experienced significant reductions in reported daily irritation (24%) and psychological distress (44%), and the benefits were maintained three months later.
  4. Eat!
    Food can easily wind up low on the priority list, but when blood sugar drops and tummies grumble, it’s hard not to get irritable. Even a small snack can make all the difference to your mid-morning meeting. Be good to your body—when you’re physically uncomfortable, your mind can’t help but follow.
  5. Sleep!
    No amount of caffeine can replace a good night’s sleep, which is something most of us don’t get often enough. In the long run, insufficient sleep ups our risk of heart disease and diabetes. In the short term, we become groggy, foggy, and downright unpleasant to be around. When our minds aren’t well rested, we’re quick to anger and slower to see reason. Take time to plan your daily schedule around a proper night’s sleep. And avoid coffee and alcohol for two to three hours before bedtime.
  6. Spend more time with your dog, cat, bird, or fish
    In a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, researchers concluded: “People perceive pets as important, supportive parts of their lives, and significant cardiovascular and behavioral benefits are associated with those perceptions.” Indeed, pet owners have better than average survival rates after heart attacks and a lower risk of succumbing to cardiovascular disease in the first place. And older people who own pets are generally healthier and happier than those who don’t. You’ve heard it before but we’ll say it again: Petting a pet reduces stress, calms you down fast, and makes you feel better on so many levels.
  7. Don’t yield to road rage
    When someone forgets to signal or stops abruptly or is just making us #&@[email protected]** late for work, we can be so quick to blow our stack. Even people who don’t swear much are suddenly hurling profanities. If you have this habit, you probably won’t eliminate it in one fell swoop, so make it a priority to notice when it comes up. Be curious about why it’s happening and why it’s so intense. The very act of repeatedly reflecting will begin to defuse it.
  8. Stuck in line? Let go!
    For some strange reason when we get in lines (or queues or snakes, as they’re called in some places) we tend to get antsy. If there’s more than one line, we start looking at the other lines and wondering whether we chose the wrong one. Before you know it, in your head you’re griping about the people ahead of you and how slow or stupid they are…just let it go. What good is it doing?
  9. Roll with the interruptions
    It’s easy to get totally fixated on our plan for the day (or the next hour for that matter), and anything that gets in our way, we just want to steamroll past. But let’s face it: Life, is filled with interruptions. Get used to it. Embrace the disruption. It’s what keeps things fresh and interesting.
  10. Go to your happy place
    But first, you need to have one! Designate a place in your home or apartment or out in nature or a public place where you can retreat to when you need to get away from it all. It could be that you go to practice meditation or do yoga stretches. Keep it free of clutter and make it as calm as possible.
  11. Stop avoiding that person who really bugs you
    Most of us have a petty nemesis, a bête noire, who just seems to get under our skin. Unless this person is truly malicious and requires an intervention (that’s another topic altogether), cut them some slack. Somebody loves them. Why can’t it be you?

Anger is destructive. Exercising to blow off steam when you are emotionally upset can be deadly. Learn how to deal with life inconveniences in a calm and productive way. I know it can be easier said than done. But in the end, we are talking about your overall well-being.

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How To Prevent A Blood Sugar Spike After Meals

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On May 16, 2018

Within hours of eating an unhealthy meal, we can get a blood sugar spike causing inflammation, crippling our artery function, thickening our blood, and causing a fight-or-flight nerve response. But there are foods we can eat at every meal to counter this reaction.

High blood sugar levels can increase the risk of complications in heart attack patients, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that high blood sugar (glucose) causes stronger contraction of blood vessels and also identified a protein associated with this increased contraction. The findings could lead to new treatments to improve outcomes after a heart attack or stroke, the study authors said.

A heart attack occurs when an artery that provides blood to the heart is blocked. High blood sugar at the time of a heart attack could make this blockage more severe by causing the artery to contract, resulting in a higher risk of complications, according to the research team at the University of Leicester in England.

“We have shown that the amount of sugar, or glucose, in the blood changes the behavior of blood vessels, making them contract more than normal. This could result in higher blood pressure, or could reduce the amount of blood that flows through vital organs,” Richard Rainbow, a lecturer in cardiovascular cell physiology, said in a university news release.

Blood Sugar Spike Symptoms

Usually, there are no symptoms of hyperglycemia until the blood sugar level is quite high. Symptoms tend to be more severe the higher the blood sugar level is, and the longer that it has been elevated.

Early signs of hyperglycemia include:

  • thirst
  • frequent urination
  • blurred vision
  • a headache
  • As blood sugar levels continue to rise without being addressed, ketones may start to build up in the blood and urine.

  • fruity-smelling breath
  • nausea and vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • dry mouth
  • weakness
  • confusion

  • Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately check their blood sugar and contact their doctor if the level is high. The doctor should provide information about when to call and what to do after an abnormal blood sugar reading.

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    1.Low protein intake is associated with a major reduction in IGF-1, cancer, and overall mortality in the 65 and younger but not older population.

    2.Low Protein Intake Is Associated with a Major Reduction in IGF-1, Cancer, and Overall Mortality in the 65 and Younger but Not Older Population

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    Heart Disease Survivor Talks Signs & Symptoms to Look Out For

    Eli Ben-Yehuda

    Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

    On February 21, 2018

    New research shows women may be more likely than men to experience lesser-known heart attack symptoms in addition to chest pain. February is National Heart Month, and today we have a guest with us who knows all too well what it’s like to experience heart problems.


     

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    High Blood Pressure & Chest Pain.

    Eli Ben-Yehuda

    Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

    On May 17, 2017

    Did you know you could have a heart attack without feeling any chest pain? Heart failure and heart disease don’t show the same signs for everyone, especially women. The heart is a muscle that contracts to pump blood to the body. A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t get enough blood. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle. When there isn’t enough blood flowing to your heart muscle, the affected part can get damaged or die. This is often called a myocardial infarction. This is dangerous and sometimes deadly.

     

    Heart attacks happen suddenly, but they normally result from long-standing heart disease. Typically, a waxy plaque builds up on the walls inside your blood vessels that feed the heart muscle. Sometimes a chunk of the plaque, called a blood clot, breaks off and prevents blood from passing through the vessel to your heart muscle, resulting in a heart attack. Less commonly, something like stress, physical exertion, or cold weather causes the blood vessel to contract or spasm, which decreases the amount of blood that can get to your heart muscle.

     

    There are many risk factors that contribute to having a heart attack, including:

     

    • Heredity
    • Age
    • High Blood Pressure

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    Carrie Fisher’s Death Puts Spotlight On Women’s Heart Disease.

    Eli Ben-Yehuda

    Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

    On January 4, 2017

    On December 27th 2016 we lost a very memorable actress Carrie Fischer, sadly we also lost her mother Debbie Reynolds 24 hours later from a stroke. Carrie Fischer known for her epic role as Princess Leia in the movie series “Star Wars” died not at the hands of Darth Vader but at the hands of something far more sinister, heart disease.

     

    “Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women and is deadlier than many forms of cancer” states Dr. Jennifer Mieres. According to statistics 4 out of every 10 women between the age of 45 and 64 will die of cancer, but every 1 minute a woman dies from stroke, heart attack, or the lesser known sudden cardiac arrest According to the American Heart Association.

     

    According to the Center for Disease Control 2/3rds of the women who have sudden cardiac arrest had no previous symptoms. Whereas with men they experience shortness of breath, burning sensations, weakness. or fluctuating palpitations the chest, women tend to be asymptomatic. According to cardiologist Jay Stone M.D “Women tend to have atypical symptoms.”

     

    Women’s symptoms may mimic other conditions. For example, unusual fatigue could be the flu. Profuse sweating could be a hot flash. A sore jaw could be temporomandibular joint disorder, better known as TMJ.

     

    According to research 90% of women have 1-2 risk factors for heart disease. Despite those numbers though 80% of the problems can be eliminated. Such things as diet, exercise, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing alcohol consumption help to lower the risk factors. For more information concerning women’s heart disease issues contact the American Heart Society at https://www.goredforwomen.org/

     

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