Sunday, March 24, 2019

Do women also have heart attacks?

It is a common misconception that heart attacks occur only in men and women do not have heart attacks. But the truth is that a woman can also suffer from a heart attack. In the case of women, they might not have a classical chest pain. The symptoms can be a little different in women as compared to their male counterparts. The chest pain can be like a mild discomfort in chest or a mere neck or stomach pain. Thus, many times women tend to under-recognize these symptoms and cardiac problems in women can go unnoticed for a long time, till picked up by the clinician or via appropriate investigations. Other symptoms of heart attack in a woman can be – vomiting sensation, difficulty in breathing, giddiness, tiredness and sweating. Women of all age groups should take significant care of their heart, especially if they have a positive family history.

We should abandon the notion that heart disease and heart attack affects only men and start paying significant attention to the wonderful women in our lives – be it our mothers, sisters or wives.

Heart matters!!

‘Dil’ in Hindi

‘Jigar’ in Punjabi

‘Hridoy’ in Bengali

‘Hruday’ in Gujarati

‘Hridhay’in Marathi

‘Irudhayam’ in Tamil

‘Hrudayam’ in Malayalam

‘Heart’ in English

Call it what you like; just remember it matters a lot to you and your loved ones, so take good care of it!!

Heart and Diabetes

People with diabetes have more risk of developing a heart disease than those who don’t. Diabetes is of two main types – Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  In Type 1 diabetes body produces very little or no insulin, this can affect a person of any age and is mostly seen in children. On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes is commonly seen in adults and its main cause is insulin resistance. Diabetes can lead to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol and even cause a deadly stroke. In some cases a ‘Silent’ heart attack can occur, in which there is no chest pain but has serious complications. Diabetes affects the blood circulation of the body and the blood supply to heart is reduced which can cause coronary artery disease. Diabetes reduces the good cholesterol in the body known as HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) while simultaneously increasing the bad cholesterol known as LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein).

Thus, people having diabetes should have a regular heart checkup and maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet.

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