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Friday, May 14, 2004

Women & Heart Disease

She felt like she had it all - a loving husband and family, a great teaching career, good health. But Kathleen Butler's life changed, when at age 40, she had a massive heart attack. It was a surprise because she was so young, and her symptoms weren't typical. The fact is, many women who have heart attacks often don't have the same warning signs as men. That's why doctors at Mayo Clinic want all women to learn the warning signs -- so they can survive if a heart attack strikes.
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"WHEN WE COME BACK WE'RE GOING TO GO OVER THE ELEMENTS OF A MYSTERY. THEN WE'RE GOING TO WATCH A MYSTERY."

KATHLEEN BUTLER KNOWS A LOT ABOUT MYSTERIES.

THAT'S BECAUSE HER SYMPTOMS - THE CLUES LEADING UP TO HER HEART ATTACK - JUST DIDN'T ADD UP. SHE KEPT NOTES.

"JUST DIDN'T FEEL GOOD. THOUGHT I WAS GETTING SOMETHING."

KATHLEEN THOUGHT MAYBE THE FLU WAS MAKING HER FEEL DIZZY AND VERY SWEATY.

"I WAS HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING, THAT WAS THE SCARY PART."

WHEN THE CHEST PRESSURE HIT - DAYS AFTER THE FIRST WARNING SIGN - THE MYSTERY WAS OVER. IT WAS A HEART ATTACK.

"I WAS IN A LOT OF PAIN AND ANXIOUS TO GET TO THE HOSPITAL."

GOING TO THE HOSPITAL - THE EMERGENCY ROOM - IS EXACTLY WHAT WOMEN (AND MEN) SHOULD DO, EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT SURE THEIR SYMPTOMS ARE HEART-RELATED.

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: CHEST PAIN OR PRESSURE THAT RADIATES TO YOUR JAW OR ARM, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, NAUSEA, VOMITING, INTENSE SWEATING, FAINTING.

"IF YOU GET ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM VERY SERIOUSLY BECAUSE IT COULD BE A HEART ATTACK."

DR. SHARONNE HAYES SAYS ONE OUT OF THREE WOMEN WILL DIE FROM A HEART-RELATED ILLNESS. SO, IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT TO BE PROACTIVE.

IF YOU SMOKE, STOP. KNOW YOUR CHOLESTEROL NUMBERS, EAT A HEART HEALTHY DIET AND GET REGULAR EXERCISE.

AND NOW THAT THE MYSTERY OF HER HEART ATTACK HAS BEEN SOLVED, KATHLEEN IS BACK IN CLASS.

Dr. Hayes wants to remind us that while women may not have chest pain before a heart attack, chest pain is still the number one symptom for both men and women. She also says it is rare for women who haven't gone through menopause to have a heart attack, but it is possible. If you have symptoms go to the emergency room immediately. For more information on women and heart attack, log onto http://www.medicaledge.org/2004apr.html#2

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