Know the signs of heart disease

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
By Sara Moore

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in both women and men, but the symptoms are markedly different. Chicago Healers Practitioner Dr. Martha Howard, MD tells us what women should look for to help prevent the occurrence of a heart attack.

Early signs
There may be signs that a heart attack is approaching up to a month prior to the actual heart attack. If you suffer from unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, indigestion and anxiety, you should contact a doctor.

Men usually experience chest pains while women experience shortness of breath and weakness as symptoms of an occurring heart attack. Other symptoms included fatigue, cold sweats, and dizziness.

CRP level
A high CRP (C-reactive protein) level is a risk factor considerably more prevalent in women and is a sign of blood vessel inflammation. This inflammation is a major risk factor causing coronary artery plaques to break down or rupture. Maintaining good oral health is a solid preventative measure since chronic dental infection is one of the causes of cardiac inflammation.

Women who experience pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy are thought to be at a higher risk of early heart disease and should begin to take an active role in reducing controllable risk factors.

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