Women's Heart Health Care Guide
It is a misconception to think that heart disease is unique or localized to men. Women, all women, face the risk of heart disease. Being aware of the signs and symptoms as well as incorporating a healthy lifestyle inclusive of Ayurvedic practices can help protect you and your loved ones.
Signs and Symptoms in Women
Heart disease symptoms can evolve differently in women as compared to men. Understanding risk factors can help reduce the risk of heart disease or attack.
In women, the most common type of symptom is pressure or discomfort in the chest. However, women are more likely to have a heart attack without the onset of chest pain. Here is what to look out for.
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or stomach pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pain that might flare in the arms
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Unusual lethargy
Coronary microvascular disease is a condition which blocks the smaller arterial blood supply to the heart not just the bigger arteries. This is why women may experience tightness or pressure opposed to full-blown chest pain. In fact, some women may have already experienced heart damage before seeing a doctor. If you suspect you may be at risk consult our doctors.
Risk Factors for Women
There are certain factors which can add to a women’s risk for heart complications.
Mental Issues: Stress and depression can increase the risk of heart disease. Depression, in particular, can reduce the person’s ability to want to lead a healthy life.
Diabetes: Diabetes poses women with a greater chance of heart attacks.
Smoking: Women who smoke are at a greater risk of developing heart conditions.
Sedentary Life: Exercising, even if moderate, can help increase your cardiovascular stamina and improve your general quality of life.
Menopause: Low levels of estrogen after menopause can increase the risk chance of heart disease or even coronary microvascular disease.
Complications from Pregnancy: Pregnancy and high blood pressure can lead to long term risks of heart disease in mothers which may even effect their newborns.
Heart care can be relatively simple. It focuses around prevention that boils down onto diet and exercise. Here are simple Ayurvedic remedies for heart which directly relate to changes in your lifestyle. These are:
- Quit smoking.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and organic lean meats.
- Avoid saturated or trans fat, salt and high sodium foods.
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|Diet||Fried things, pulses and their preparations, and groundnut oil are prohibited. Ayurvedic physicians allow butter or ghee. Cow’s ghee, cow’s milk and cow's butter are useful for the patient. Buffalo ghee and buffalo milk are not recommended. Stimulants like tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks are very harmful for such patients.|
|Lifestyle||Ayurveda considers the functions of the heart and mind as interlinked. Disturbance in one affects the other. Therefore, patients having heart disease are advised by Ayurvedic physicians to refrain from anxiety, worry, excessive sexual intercourse and wrathful disposition. All efforts should be made for the patient to have good sleep at night. Even rest during the day is essential. He should never remain awake at night for long.
The patient’s bowels should move regularly. If there is constipation, she is advised to take a glass of water early in the morning and go for a walk every day.