Heart disease in women can be called the ‘disease to please’.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Australia.
This is an alert and a plea for women and their partners to be their own advocate in this area and be in tune with your own body.
One in two women in the USA die of heart related disease, and one quarter die between the ages of 35 and 44 years. One in 10 between the age of 45-60 years already suffer heart disease and it is often unpredictable. It is the number one killer of women in Australia. In the USA breast cancer is one in 27 women
You are probably aware that until the mid 1990’s all tests on heart disease (and other disease) was done only on men and medication was based on those results.
Now research has shown, what I have known for more than a decade, is that women’s hearts are different from those of men. Heart disease in women is a different disease than for men. In fact, a cardiologist in the USA, Dr. Mehmet Oz, talked about this on an Oprah Winfrey show earlier this year. Dr. Oz operates and physically touches over 400 hearts a year, knows without seeing the full person, whether it is a female or male heart patient in his operation. This is because he has found that arteries in men are like solid pipes, like a galvanized pipe; whereas the arteries in women are soft and flexible.
Another important element is that only 30% of women who have heart attacks have calcium clogging their arteries (90% for men) yet many have been told they need cholesterol reducing drugs to clear their arteries. These drugs have to go through the liver, with resulting long term negative side effects. Women can and do have blockages for other reasons.
Having genetic heart imperfections myself as well as other difficulties in the past, I am thrilled that at last, females are being approached as female, with the results that new learning and applications are now being taken towards female health and wellness.
Symptoms of heart related dis-ease in women are mostly ignored, unrecognized, and
mis-diagnosed stated Dr. Oz.
Symptoms for women from the most frequent first-
- any pain from the waist up, and not in the left shoulder and down the arm as for males.
- problems with shortness of breath when walking and especially if going upstairs and breathing in general
- pain goes to neck, arms, jaw
- tingling in the shoulders neck and jaw
- pressure, especially in the shoulders, neck and jaw often accompanied with nausea, vomiting.
- unexplained fatigued and/or tired all of a sudden
- chest discomfort
- family history
- back pain
Research is also reported to have shown that EKG tests are useless for women. A test while exercising may give some indication and really need an angiogram for clear results.
Most importantly, DON’T WAIT TO BE CHECKED if you suspect you fit into the above category.
Why it is thought so many women do have heart dis-ease:-
- it is harder to slow down and to say no. Heart disease is caused by more than what you put in your mouth.
- Peri-menopause – older, ignore symptoms, estrogen decreases so loose some protection, in general 5-7 years later than men, premature menopause – either surgical or natural, and if a woman has had her ovaries out.
- Emotions – unresolved emotional and spiritual issues can manifest as heart disease as the heart closely reflect what goes on in the spiritual life.
- higher risk for women who are not in control (I would argue that being controlling is damaging, and it is making choices which helps our heart).
- have sadness stored up
- ‘take things to heart’
Other points are that exercise can decrease heart attack of 50%. Over-exercising will damage.
From my work, I know it is how we breathe which has a large part in whether we are healthy or not, which then used with appropriate exercise can make a huge difference.
Walking about 10 blocks a day decreases the risk by 30% and with more exercise, decreased risk by 50%. Need to do this every day.
The same research also found in that the 20% of women in heart surgery who were depressed did worse than the 80% of women who were not depressed.
The good news is that women have twice the ability to reverse the disease than do men, though only 6% realize they could die from artery blockages.
Heart dis-ease is called the ‘disease to please’ as women give to others many times more than they give to themselves. So hey women! Lift your own energy so it flows easily and isn’t drained, then you can give to many others more effectively and for much longer.
As Dr. Oz stated “We can fix the plumbing” but often they don’t get the opportunity to do so and you are much stronger and life quality better, if you never have the need.
Make it your choice to ‘die healthy when and where you choose’