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This Surprising Symptom Could Be a Sign of a Heart Attack in Women Middle-aged, overweight men aren’t the only ones who should be worried about heart attacks. In fact, women under 55 are equally (or more!) likely to suffer from heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Despite the risks, a 2016 statement issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) has revealed that women are often undertreated for this deadly condition. The reason? Most fail to recognize the silent signs of a heart attack that apply
exclusively to females. While chest pain or pressure is one of the most common signs of a heart attack, there’s a more surprising symptom you should recognize. Women are more likely to experience jaw pain, too, according to Laxmi Mehta, MD, clinical director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and lead author of the AHA’s statement. Other femalespecific symptoms include upper back pain, arm pain, intense
fatigue, heartburn, or “just not feeling right,” Mehta told Prevention. Poor circulation from the heart can cause pain in a woman’s jaw, neck, or back, the AHA reports. However, doctors have yet to find a scientific reason why jaw pain and upper body discomfort affect women and not men. Here are the physical and emotional ways heart disease is different for women, too. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit a doctor right away. Research shows that
women tend to wait longer to seek the treatment they need; however, doing so could lead to irreversible consequences. “Women tend to develop cardiogenic shock,” which occurs when your heart suddenly can’t pump enough blood, Mehta said. And the most aggressive treatments may no longer be effective if you wait for too long. Bottom line: It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Keep an eye out for the most common heart conditions in women, and learn how to prevent heart disease.
You Definitely Want To Get Your Flu Shot Before The End Of October Definitely don't mean to sound like your mom here, but...have you gotten your flu shot yet? Just asking because, you know, the flu was super-deadly last year -an estimated 80,000 people died of the flu and its complications last winter, according to the Associated Press. (J ust as a baseline, the flu can cause 12,000 deaths per year during a mild season, and up to 56,000 deaths per year during a severe bout, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) But if you're hesitant to get jabbed by a needle, I get it: The flu shot was kind of a crapshoot last year after a ton of people went under the needle
but got the flu anyway because of a "vaccine mismatch," according to a commentary in The New England Journal of Medicine. Still, that doesn’t mean you should be thinking about skipping this year’s injectionwhich you should get by the end of October, suggests the CDC. (Flu seasontypically starts in October, peaks in December, and can stick around until May, so you want to be covered for all of it.) According to Amesh Adalja, M.D., a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the flu shot usually provides about a 65 percent
protection rate against contracting the flu-and that number is nothing to sneeze at. (FYI: The effectiveness rate of last year's flu shot? Just 36 percent, per the CDC.) “Just because the vaccine isn’t 100 percent [effective] doesn’t mean it’s worthless,” says Adalja. “And even if you do get the flu, [if you’re vaccinated] you are much less likely to have a severe case requiring hospitalization, less likely to have major destruction to your life, and less likely to spread it.” Plus, there’s some good news about the 2018-2019 flu shot: Researchers think it will be more successful than last year’s
vaccine. According to the CDC, this year's vaccines are a better match to circulating viruses than last year's. TG, right? But still, there's really no way yet to predict how bad this year's flu will be, as the virus is always changing, per the CDC. Another thing to note: Rumors of the shot’s many side effects are greatly exaggerated. It can’t actually give you the flu, and while there are some possible side effects, Adalja says most are rare. Click here to read through this list and then roll up your sleeve anyway, because flu season is coming and the vaccine is still your best defense.
Iowa to sell health plans that can disqualify people based on pre-existing conditions New health plans sold through Iowa’s Farm Bureau will be able to ask applicants if they have any pre-existing conditions. According to a checklist posted online by the Farm Bureau, applicants will be asked about a list of conditions related to mental health, blood pressure, reproductive system, lungs or the respiratory system,
among others. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Farm Bureau Vice President Steve Kammeyer said some applicants for the new coverage could be turned away or face higher premiums if they have pre-existing health issues.
He could not say which conditions would trigger those actions. According to the checklist, if an applicant says they have been treated for any of the 16 conditions in the past five years, they will be required to provide detailed explanations of the
treatments, medications and current status. The plans were made legal under a law signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) in April that allows the Iowa Farm Bureau to collaborate with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on self-funded “health benefit plans...Read More
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