heart attacks

  1. Heart attacks often missed in women

    Docs often MISS this life-threatening cardiac event

    Could emergency room doctors completely MISS a heart attack?

    You'd better believe they can!

    It happens. It happens all the time, especially for seemingly healthy women who are often sent home after mild chest pain without basic tests.

    "Oh, it's nothing," the friendly ER doc will offer in reassurance.

    And since the chest pain is already passing or maybe even gone completely, you'll take him at his word.

    Don't.

    New research shows how these doctors should have their licenses taken away... or they should at least be sent back to school to start all over again... because many of the women sent home actually DID have a heart attack!

    Docs are missing heart attacks in women in ways they never would in men, with the study finding that more than half of women with chest pain are told nothing's wrong and aren't even tested.

    In men, that number is just 37 percent.

    As the study shows, something IS wrong in many cases. Something's VERY wrong -- and they MISSED it!

    Scans later revealed that 8 percent of the women had the scarring that indicated a heart attack.

    They should've been tested, treated, and given strict orders to make some big changes to help protect the heart and prevent more problems.

    Instead, they were given false reassurance.

    On the one hand, you might think it's not THAT big of a deal. These women weren't hurt by their heart attacks.

    But it's not that simple.

    A heart attack leaves behind damage in the form of scarring across the parts of the heart where blood was cut off.

    That scarring -- whether you know it's there or not -- can increase your risk of future heart problems, including another heart attack.

    If you get help fast, you can limit the scarring and cut those risks.

    If you never get help at all, you could suffer from more scarring and more risk.

    Maybe your doc didn't see the first heart attack, but you might not survive the second one!

    The study finds one reason that docs miss heart attacks more often in women is that they're too confused about what it's "supposed" to look like.

    The women in the study were 50 percent more likely than men to have no chest pain. In addition, they also had a variety of other symptoms that often don't strike men including indigestion, nausea, and stomach aches.

    Woman also often report other forms of pain, including pain in the jaw, neck, or shoulder.

    And they're more likely to experience shortness of breath and other symptoms.

    If you feel any of that -- with or without chest pain -- get help. And if something feels wrong, don't let them send you home without complete testing.

  2. Heart attacks hit younger than ever

    The deadliest type of heart attack is now more common

    A heart attack? ME????? But I’m not even that old!

    I know it doesn’t seem likely when you’re just a little north of 60. After all, heart attacks are something that happen when you’re “older.”

    With folks now routinely living into their 80s, 90s and beyond, you certainly don’t feel elderly when you’re in your early 60s.

    But if you’ve gained a spare tire over the years… if you’re a little bigger than you should be… if you know you need to drop a few pounds but keep putting it off… you’re at risk risk right now, and your age doesn’t matter one whit.

    If anything, being a little younger could HURT you!

    New research shows the average age of heart attack patients is plunging, dropping from 64 years old back in 1995 to 60 years old today.

    Making bad news even worse, these younger folks aren’t just suffering from any ol’ type of heart attack – like the ones where you clutch your chest, get rushed to the ER, and end up back home laughing about your big health scare a few days later.

    They’re battling ST-elevation myocardial infarction, a.k.a. STEMI.

    That’s when the coronary artery is blocked like a garden hose with a kink in it, completely cutting off the flow of blood from much of the heart.

    It’s not just dangerous. It’s the absolute deadliest type of heart attack around – and can lead to lasting and even permanent disability if you survive.

    While age and genetics can play a role in your STEMI risk, they’re not the main reasons folks are suffering from these devastating attacks at earlier-than-ever ages.

    The reason is the same thing that’s driving the diabetes and heart disease epidemic: obesity.

    Poor diets combined with expanding waistlines are setting the stage for serious heart problems earlier in life – including ones such as STEMI that used to strike typically much later in life.

    The good news for you is that unlike age and genetics, obesity is something entirely within your control.

    Even if you’ve really let yourself go over the years – even if you’ve thrown away your “skinny jeans” because you don’t think you’ll ever fit in them again – it’s not too late to turn it around, lose weight and slash your heart risk all at the same time.

    I recommend a healthy Mediterranean diet. Not only is it rich in many of the foods you already love, but this healthy lifestyle has proven repeatedly in studies to slash the risk of serious heart problems, including heart attack, and help prevent stroke.

    One major study a couple years back found that this back-to-basics diet can cut your risk of major cardiovascular events by a third – and your stroke risk almost in half – and you can read all about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. How to know when you're having a heart attack

    You might think heart attacks don't discriminate, but that's not actually true. They do discriminate -- and it's a form of discrimination that's killing women.
  4. Speed and strength now can predict health risks later

    You probably don't spend much time at all thinking about how fast you walk or how strong your grip is. But maybe you should -- because a new study shows how these basic tests could help predict serious health problems years down the road.
  5. A clean mouth for a healthy heart

    It's no secret that people with clean teeth and healthy gums have a lower risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, and two new studies again confirm the link.
  6. The manly way to lower your heart risk

    You already know how testosterone can bring your sex life back from the dead. Now, the latest research shows how it can keep the rest of you out of the grave as well. In fact, this manly hormone can slash your risk of two of the greatest killers of seniors: heart attack and stroke.
  7. The fastest way to boost your health

    Close to 50 million Americans can dramatically reduce their death risk by making one simple change right now -- and it won't cost a cent. In fact, it'll save you thousands of dollars a year. Despite that fact, most people can't (or won't) make that one simple change. You may have guessed by now that I'm talking about smoking -- more specifically, quitting smoking.
  8. The 'secret ingredient' in coffee

    I love a good mystery -- and there's one brewing right now in the world of coffee. Now, a new study has found two ingredients in particular that seem to work together to protect you against Alzheimer's disease. One is caffeinate, and the other is...well, that's where the mystery comes in.
  9. The hidden sign of heart disease

    While the focus should be on making the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent cardiac events, it's useful to know who's most at risk – and new technology may help us figure that out.

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