It’s National Heart Month and the second day of National Women’s Heart Week. This issue of e-news is dedicated to the first Focus Day of Women’s Heart Week, “Risk and Symptoms Awareness”.
Over the past decade, heart disease death rates have gone down in both men and women, but not as dramatically in women. In fact there is a disturbing rise in younger women ages 35 – 44 having heart attack. Although rare, heart attacks do occur in this subset. Be aware that symptoms in a younger woman may not include chest pain, and for those women, death is more likely, attributed to treatment delays. A recent article appeared in a consumer magazine featuring three young women in their 30’s, each seemingly in good health without known risk factors for heart disease. Each woman repeatedly attempted to seek care, but their heart disease defied diagnosis. The take-away is that we need a more accurate test to diagnose heart attack quickly, accurately and efficiently. Short of cardiac catheterization, the current tools being used in the emergency room setting are simply inadequate, and we’re losing the women we love because of it. This is where we need to focus research dollars – better diagnostics for safe emergency testing of heart attack, particularly for those with subtle symptoms.* more
To further the message of women's heart attack symptoms, we have some exciting news to share. For the entire month of February, a beautiful 15’x 8’ banner will be posted in a display window on the promenade at 10 Rockefeller Plaza at the NBC Studio building. This is where the TODAY SHOW is taped each morning. The Women’s Heart Foundation’s BIG REVEAL will take place Tuesday, February 3 at 8:00 AM, so watch your twitter and facebook for visuals on the Women’s Heart banner. Better yet, come join us – be there in person. Who knows, you may be able to see yourself on the TODAY SHOW, meet Matt Lauer, Al Roker or Savannah, while helping WHF share the message about women and heart disease. The coveted display space is a gift from the EHE International. We are so excited about this opportunity and immensely grateful to EHE for selecting our charity. The banner features beautiful graphics with design services donated by BOLD WORLDWIDE. If you wish to attend Tuesday in NYC, know that the TODAY SHOW tapes from 7-9 AM, so arrive early. A word to the wise - - dress warmly with several layers of clothing -- because baby, it’s cold outside! Read the EHE International and WHF full release
I want to take a moment to thank our many supporters from the eBay Giving Works community. All told, donations topped $20,000 in 2014. We are very grateful for this contribution, which will allow us to design new printed materials for outreach and update our website.
SAVE THE DATE: February 12, 4-7 PM will be Shop for a Cause at Chico’s with 10% of proceeds benefitting the Women’s Heart Foundation. Twenty four stores will be participating in the northern New Jersey and New York areas. Stay tuned for details which will be posted on facebook and twitter.
Finally, National WEAR RED Day is Friday, February 6. "Get Your RED On" and help raise awareness of heart disease in women.
Our goal here at the Women’s Heart Foundation is the same it has been for the past 25 years: to help you take care of your heart. We wish you a happy, heart-healthy 2015. Make this your best year ever. And, please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Women’s Heart Foundation to support prevention, survival and quality of life. It will do your heart good!
* Subtle symptoms in women may be attributed to our biology and how plaque dissemminates differently in women's coronary arteries, according to the current research being conducted by Dr. Noel Bairey-Merz at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Recognizing Heart Attack in Younger Women
Young and middle-aged women do not always experience chest pain, one of the most common symptoms of heart attack, according to a new study. “We need to move away from the image of an older man clutching his chest, when we think about acute coronary syndrome,” which includes heart attacks and angina, study researcher Dr. Louise Pilote, director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at McGill University Health Centre, says. “The reality is that chest pain, age and gender are no longer the definers of a heart attack.
"Even though chest pain was the most common symptom of heart attack in both sexes, researchers found that one in five women age 55 and younger didn’t experience chest pain with their heart attack. Plus, women in general were less likely to experience chest pain from heart attack than men.
"The researchers also did not find a correlation between the experience of chest pain and the severity of the heart attack.
Apart from chest pain (uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest), the most common symptoms women experience during a heart attack are:
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
Our study demonstrates that young people and women who come into the emergency without chest pain, but other telltale symptoms such as weakness, shortness of breath and/or rapid heartbeats, are in crisis,” Pilote says. “We need to be able to recognize this and adapt to new standard assessments in previously unrecognized groups such as young women.”*
Note: If you think you are having a heart attack, chew an uncoated adult-strength aspirin right away and head to the emergency room. It’s best to call 9-1-1. Get care as fast as you can. Time lost equals heart muscle lost, so don’t delay. Once in the emergency room, you may need to insist on being tested to rule out heart attack. If you are not comfortable with the diagnosis such as "anxiety" or "indigestion", and you feel you are NOT SAFE being discharged, ask to see a cardiologist, and ask to remain in the hospital to be monitored for 24 hours. It is your right to receive proper care!
* source: AHA GoRedForWomen website
Depression in Younger and Middle-aged Women is Risk factor for Heart Attack
Young and middle-aged women with depression are more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease as their mentally healthy peers, new research suggests.
Source: News health.com June 20, 2014
The study also found that women younger than 55 are more likely than men or older women to become depressed.
Exactly what accounts for this relationship between mood disorder and heart disease in younger women isn’t clear, said study lead author Dr. Amit Shah, an assistant professor of epidemiology with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta.
“These kinds of relationships are very complicated, and we’re still investigating to better understand the reason,” he said.
Still, the results fit into the “bigger picture,” Shah added.
“We have known for some time that heart disease is actually the number one killer in women, and that heart disease does start at an early age,” he said. “And it could be that younger women have neurobiological differences or hormonal differences that make them respond to acute mental stress differently than men or older women.”
This could mean that when they have depression, they also have an elevated risk for heart disease, Shah said.
An association between depression and greater risk of death from heart disease was not seen among women over 55 or among men as a whole, the researchers noted.
A woman’s lifetime risk for developing heart disease is upwards of 50 percent, according to background information in the study, published online June 18 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
To explore the link between depression and heart risk, the team followed more than 3,200 men and women diagnosed with heart disease or suspected of having it between 2003 and 2010. Patients’ average age was nearly 63, and one-third were women.
All of the study participants were scheduled for an arterial X-ray (a coronary angiography) to assess the presence of arterial disease.
After three years of follow-up, the investigators determined that women aged 55 and younger were the most likely to have struggled with moderate or severe depression.
The researchers found that 27 percent of them were clinically depressed. By contrast, depression was cited among just 9 percent of men 65 and older.
And while depression didn’t appear related to heart disease risk among men of any age or elderly women, the team found that among women 55 and younger, every one-point rise in depression symptom ratings translated into a 7 percent rise in heart disease risk.
That meant that depressed young and middle-aged women faced a 2.17 times greater risk for experiencing a heart attack, or for needing an invasive procedure to widen their diseased arterial pathways.
The same women also faced similar elevated risk for dying from heart disease, and a 2.45 greater risk for dying from any cause during the study follow-up period. full article
WHF and Acereel partner for Heart Message to Women
Acereel Studios in Glenside, PA gave a shout out to their SMOOCHES Models to pose for a photo shoot in order to give heart health messages to women. Wearing their red level best, SMOOCHES serve as the faces of women at risk for heart disease. These gals are giving a “Heads Up” to wear RED February 6. Thank you, SMOOCHES, and a big THANKS to Chante and Daryl of Acereel for making this happen!
Ask the Expert: Should I take a Statin Drug?
by Dr. Stephen Sinatra.
Photo credits: www.drsinatra.com
"Statins are a blessing and a curse because they do incredibly good things, but they can do bad things. The problem with the Statin is you don’t want to choose a Statin to lower a cholesterol number. To me, that’s bad medicine, and here’s why. Statins can have horrific side effects. I’ve seen side-effects across the board. I’ve seen weakness of the limb, weakness of the hand. I’ve seen a pre-Alzheimer’s condition where people forget who they are – literally amnesia. I’ve seen difficulty with vision, liver problems, kidney problems, poly-neuropathy.
“Do I use a Statin in certain individuals? Of course. Statins are a potent anti-inflammatory agent and they make the blood less viscous.
I like to order Statins for men with a low HDL and (the presence of) coronary calcium, who are between the ages 50-75. After age 75, I don’t see the usefulness of Statins because of memory loss side-effect. A low HDL makes the blood more viscous, more like red ketchup, and that’s why a man with a low HDL is more prone to heart disease.
“I use Statins in people with advanced coronary disease, a person with a high calcium score of over 200, anyone who has had angioplasty, heart attack, bypass surgery or a stent. Yes, I do use Statins in women, but only in women with advanced coronary disease, women with diabetes, high C-reactive protein, women regressing and getting more and more symptomatic. In general, I am not impressed with use of Statins in women as I am for use in middle -aged men, ages 50-75. In any of my patients on a Statin, male or female, I always order Co Q10 because the Statin wipes out this enzyme and CoQ10 is a potent nutrient to protect your immune system.
“Do I order a Statin to treat high cholesterol? No. I don’t use Statin for this, I intervene with lifestyle changes instead.
View full TALK by Dr. Stephen Sinatra on youtube
Thai Beef Salad
No need to seek out an Asian market to make this wonderfully crisp and flavorful salad—all the ingredients are available at larger supermarkets. Serve in smaller portions for a first course.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
Photo credits: prevention.com
1 boneless beef strip steak (1½ inches thick), about 10 oz
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp fish sauce or light soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp seeded and minced Thai or red serrano chile
1 c thinly sliced radishes
1 sml red onion, thinly sliced, rinsed and drained
1 med kirby cucumber, unpeeled, thinly sliced
¼ c fresh mint leaves, coarsley chopped
10 lg basil leaves, slivered
4 c slivered romaine lettuce hearts (small inner leaves can be left whole), about 2 hearts
1. SEASON steak generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill or pan-fry in a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat, 4 to 5 minutes per side (steak is best rare to medium and still pink in the center). Set aside and keep warm.
2. WHISK together dressing ingredients in a large bowl; remove 1 tablespoon and set aside. Add the salad ingredients and toss well with dressing. Arrange on a large platter.
3. SLICE steak thinly crosswise against the grain; toss with reserved 1 tablespoon dressing. Arrange on top of salad and serve immediately.
NUTRITION (per serving) 151 cal, 18 g pro, 9 g carb, 3 g fiber, 4.9 g fat, 1.7 g sat fat, 341 mg sodium
* recipe source: www.prevention.com.
Feb 3, 8:00 AM , THE BIG REVEAL of the Women’s Heart Foundation Banner at NBC studios by TODAY SHOW taping – on the promenade at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY
Feb 6 is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of women and heart disease.
Feb 1-7 is National Women’s Heart Week , with a different focus each day to promote heart health and wellness
Feb 12, 4-7 PM, CHICO’S SHOP FOR A CAUSE to benefit Women’s Heart Foundation with 10% of sales to be donated to our charity. PLEASE SUPPORT THE WHF. Twenty four stores in Northern New Jersey and New York will be participating. Tune in to Facebook and twitter for more information
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Disclaimer: The Women's Heart Foundation e-newsletter is for information only and is not meant to provide medical advice. Should you have symptoms or concerns, consult with your primary care specialist who can address your personal healthcare needs.