Because February is National Heart Month, we’re looking at heart problems in men and women. Heart attacks and other heart-related illnesses are a serious threat to men and women. Just knowing the risks and symptoms of heart disease can save lives. At Valley Ridge Family Dental, we want you to enjoy a long and healthy life, and that means knowing all about heart health. Your West Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson discusses heart health for men and women.
Heart Health for Men and Women: Is There a Difference?
While most of the measures for ensuring a healthy heart are the same in men and women, the symptoms of heart attack and the risks certainly aren’t. Men have a statistically higher likelihood of suffering a heart attack until age 70 when the risk becomes equal between men and women. However, women are still at significant risk for heart attacks. At age 40, the likelihood that a woman will suffer a heart attack in her remaining lifetime is 50 percent, compared to 67 percent for men.
Because men are at a greater risk for most of their lives, much of the research for preventing and detecting heart attacks has focused on men, with the result that women are largely under informed about their risk and the symptoms they are likely to experience. For instance, heart attacks are inextricably linked in most people’s minds with chest pain. However, many women who suffer heart attacks do not report experiencing chest pain. Instead, they report fatigue, shortness of breath, and weakness. Recent studies have also shown that women who have heart attacks had early warning symptoms as early as a month before the heart attack. These symptoms were the same as those during the heart attack, with the additions of restless sleep, anxiety, and indigestion.
Schedule an Appointment with Your West Des Moines Dentist
At Valley Ridge Family Dental, we care about your total health. Studies have shown that oral health can affect your overall health as well, so it’s important to visit your West Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, regularly. If you suffer from heart disease, alert Dr. Johnson of any medications you may be talking before undergoing dental procedures. To make an appointment, call 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.