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Posts tagged: chest pain

Women: A Heart Attack Every 90 Seconds – Dr. Sridevi Pitta

It may come as a surprise to know that women are less likely than men to have the typical clutching-the-chest “Hollywood heart attack.” Instead, women may experience pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen. Many women who have had heart attacks also use words like “breathlessness,” “nausea,” “fatigue,” or “dizziness” to describe their symptoms. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, heart disease expert Dr. Sridevi Pitta offers educational advice about women and heart attacks.

Are the symptoms of a heart attack different for women? (first question)

For women who have had a heart attack, how do they describe it? (skip to 1:56)

Do heart attack symptoms for women come on suddenly or are there warning signs prior to the attack? (skip to 2:590

Is there one particular symptom of heart attack or a combination of symptoms that should convince a woman that she needs to go to the Emergency Room? (skip to 3:57)

Why, in the presence of potential symptoms of heart attack, are women so reluctant to call 9-1-1? (skip to 4:54)

Why do so many physicians overlook the symptoms of heart attack in women? (skip to 5:41)

If a woman knows the signs and believes she is having a heart attack, but gets to the Emergency Room and is told that it’s probably indigestion or lack of rest, what should she do? (skip to 7:04)

Do you recommend that women take a low dose of aspirin as an aid in preventing heart attack? (skip to 8:21)

What is your opinion regarding supplements such as fish oil or CoQ10 with respect to preventing or treating heart disease? (skip to 9:30)

What is your best advice to help women reduce the chance of having a heart attack? (skip to 11:47)

Angina: A Pain in the Chest – Dr. Dudley Goulden

Sufferers describe it as feeling as if they have an elephant sitting on their chests. Chest pain, difficulty breathing, an oppressive feeling. These are symptoms of classic angina, a transient lack of oxygen to the heart caused by blockage in the vessels supplying the heart muscle with blood. In almost all cases, angina is a very serious symptom of heart disease. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler cardiologist Dr. Dudley Goulden answers the most important questions on angina.

What is angina and how does it differ from a heart attack? (first question)

What causes angina and is it serious? (skip to 0:50)

Who is at risk for developing angina? (skip to 1:16)

Does the presence of angina automatically mean you have heart disease? (skip to 1:55)

What are the symptoms of angina? (skip to 2:20)

What are the different types of angina and is it important to know which type you have? (skip to 2:51)

How is angina diagnosed? (skip to 3:20)

How is angina treated? (skip to 3:57)

Can angina be cured? (skip to 4:51)

If someone has angina, what are the best steps to take toward living with it? (skip to 5:48)