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February 09, 2016

How Age and Gender Affect your Heart

Most people are aware that overall health wellness can decline as we age. There are more risks, diseases, and issues that are important to get checked regularly. We should be making sure that our doctor is checking our blood pressure, cholesterol levels, medical issues, and that we are up-to-date on vaccinations. February is National American Heart Month, and here at Fedelta we find it very important to not only understad what impacts heart health, but to also promote healthy living and manage heart disease issues.

It is common knowledge that as we age we have to be more cautious about what we are eating, our physical activity, and the overall wellness our body needs to be able to function properly. However, there are some impacts of age that no diet or physical activity can fix. Aging has natural impact on our heart health including the walls of our heart thicken, heart rate slows, and the heart may not pump as efficiently as it once did. Additionally, as we age our arteries grow stiffer, and the walls get thicker. These age-associated changes to our bodies make us a higher risk for heart problems.  

Did you know that gender also impacts heart health? Cardiovascular disease develops 7 to 10 years later in women than in men and is still the major cause of death in women. (Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health). There is less self-awareness in women than in men for heart disease and heart complications.  Additionally, men and women can see different warning signs for a heart attack. While well-known symptoms include chest pain and discomfort in the left arm, there are several other ways that often go missed or misunderstood.

Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms can include:

  • Shortness of Breath – feeling as if you just ran a marathon or can’t get a full breath
  • Back Pain – lower or upper back pain mistaken for stress
  • Jaw Pain – discomfort or pain in jaw can be connected to heart attacks
  • Nausea or Flu Symptoms – feeling as if you are nauseated or are getting the flu

Men’s Heart Attack Symptoms can include:

  • Chest discomfort – squeezing, pressure, pain
  • Shortness of Breath – feeling as if you just ran a marathon or can’t get a full breath
  • Profuse Sweating - sweating for no apparent reason
  • Nausea – feeling sick to stomach, heartburn related symptoms
  • Lightheadedness – feeling dizzy, fatigued, or as if they might faint

It is our goal to help not only spread awareness of heart disease issues, but bring help to those who need someone assisting them in health management. It is important for us here at Fedelta to manage quality of life, independence, and general wellbeing.

If you are interested in learning more about how Fedelta can help you or a loved one we would be more than happy to have a discussion with you about your care needs and goals. We take a unique approach to our care management plans and have exceptional Care Managers to assist you with your health needs.

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