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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Women Over 50 in Risk for Heart Attack

Most women experience one or more of the following symptoms at least a month before a heart attack: Unusual fatigue, muscle weakness, indigestion problems, anxiety, cold sweats, unable to breath properly, sleep disturbances, heart racing or palpitations, nausea, dizziness and a hot flushes. If you experience any of these symptoms, speak with a doctor soon. It may be nothing or it could be a sign your heart is not healthy and is under a lot of strain.

Menopause Can Increase Your Risk: Estrogen helps protect the heart as it balances out the cholesterol levels. After menopause women’s levels of good cholesterol drop and bad cholesterol increases. Women also experience elevated triglycerides levels which increases the risk of heart disease significantly. Once a woman reaches the age of sixty five, the risk of death from a heart attack will be much higher.

Diabetes Is A Contributing Factor: Diabetes combined with obesity, high cholesterol and hypertension can significantly increase the risk of heart attack in women over fifty. Diabetes doubles the risk of a women suffering from more than one heart attack during her lifetime.

Metabolic Syndrome: Research from Harvard Medical School suggests that women who have metabolic syndrome are more prone to having an attack. What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome? A large waist, glucose intolerance, high blood pressure, elevated levels of bad cholesterol and high triglycerides. Speak with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Smoking: Females that smoke are twice as likely to lead to heart disease over women who don’t. It is a well-known fact; smoking greatly increases the risk of heart attack, cancer, heart disease and other pulmonary issues such as COPD.

It is important to know, most women don’t experience crushing chest pain before a heart attack. Pain in the neck, shoulders and abdominal areas are more common. We hope you have found this article informative and understand more about heart attack risks in women over the age of fifty.

Some Dangers of Salt

Blood pressure

Blood pressure measures the force that blood pushes and moves against blood vessels. This is important so that the body has a sufficient supply of oxygen and energy needed for life. For this to be effective the blood pressure has to be as normal as possible. Eating too much salt causes a raise in blood pressure, because the excess salt causes a strain to the arteries trying to pump the blood through the arteries to the major organs. This constant strain on the arteries can lead to them becoming busted, or becoming clogged up. This can eventually lead to the organs becoming damaged, which could be fatal for the body.

Kidneys

The kidneys are a major organ in our bodies flushing out unwanted fluid through urine, when we go to the toilet. This process is done by extracting the fluid from our blood. Eating excess salt causes the amount of salt to stay in the blood stream. This can make life difficult for the kidneys to remove the salt from the blood stream. This can cause a strain on the kidneys, causing the body to retain the extra fluid. This can eventually lead to kidney damage,

Stroke

A raised blood pressure could also cause a problem for the brain as well, due to the possible lack of oxygen passing from the arteries leading to the brain. This could lead to stroke, resulting in possible dementia. This is due to the arteries becoming damaged, or busted due to the lack of oxygen going to the brain.

Osteoporosis

The Kidneys also support the body by helping to ensure enough Vitamin D absorbs calcium. This is important as calcium and vitamin D produce strong bones and teeth in the body. However salt can affect this, by salt being absorbed in the urine, this can weaken the bones, which can lead to osteoporosis.

Treatment of High Cholesterol

The treatment of lipid profile is similar to other chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, and should be followed for life. It is very important that changes in dietary habits are maintained regularly. Medications, when prescribed, must be taken indefinitely for them to produce the final benefit is the reduction in the risk of onset of manifestations of atherosclerosis.

Useful Tips to control levels of blood lipids in the day-to-day:

  • Use skim milk and yogurt or “light”
  • Give preference to low-fat cheeses (fresh, ricotta, cottage) and margarines
  • Prepare foods using vegetable oils: soybean, corn, canola, sunflower and olive oil
  • Beware of fried foods, especially those made with lard and butter
  • Vary the meat, beef interspersed with birds and fish
  • Remove visible fat from meat and skin from poultry before cooking if possible
  • Avoid preparations containing: cream, whipped cream, mayonnaise, chocolate, hydrogenated fat, condensed milk
  • Eat egg yolks and preparations with moderately
  • For seasoning salads use olive oil, vinegar and lemon
  • The masses must be accompanied by red sauces or vegetables
  • Use the oven or microwave to prepare breaded Milanese and
  • Give preference to snacks to baked than fried
  • And cold meats (sausage and sausage) of birds can be consumed
  • Canned fruit, popsicles, gelatin, jams, are exempt from fats or cholesterol, but beware the calories because fattening and sugar can increase the level of blood triglycerides
  • When composing the meal, merge foods with natural foods
  • Use salt sparingly. Beware the overuse of table salt shaker
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Become more active in their day-to-day. Avoid staying long periods sitting
  • Avoid smoking
  • If user of alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation

Widowmaker Heart Attack

Starting from the moment that the widowmaker heart attack first hits you, the time one can survive can go anywhere from just some minutes to several hours depending on the severity of the condition. The symptoms will start to appear and become unbearable really fast allow for you to know that something is wrong and that you need immediate emergency medical attention.

These symptoms are the same that you would be able to find in a case of regular cardiac arrest (the symptoms are due to the lack of the blood flow, not because of anything more specific than than) and will include nausea, jaw pain, tightness in chest, very irregular heart beat (the heart will try to pump the blood as it should even in these conditions), pain in the heart and others. You can read some more about the symptoms in the Heart Attack Symptoms article we have up. However, unlike the regular attack (from other conditions), this time it’s a lot easier to determine that it’s a widowmaker heart attack due to the progress of the symptoms. Even if at first it could seem like food poisoning or flu, the symptoms will rapidly intensify and alert you.

One misconception is that the death is instantaneous. As we’ve mentioned before, it can take anywhere from minutes to hours for the symptoms to start affecting you and will only induce cardiac arrest when there’s been anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes with no circulation at all.

If the treatment is fast enough, it’s possible for the victim to survive for a while with just the oxygen that is still in the blood. This is a very small window of opportunity so the treatment needs to be done as fast as possible. The widowmaker heart attack needs to be treated even faster than a regular heart attack, so make sure you detect the symptoms as fast as possible and get medical help.