Women s Health and Wellness

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Women’s Health and Wellness Lisa Zaynab Killinger, DC
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Overview of Women’s Issues Leading health concerns Heart Disease- #1 Killer of women Cancer - 2 nd leading cause of death Stroke - 3 rd leading cause of death Osteoporosis - Common to almost all older women Dementia - Leading cause of nursing home placement Menopause -A quality of life issue for 1/3 of women Concerns of younger women : Menstrual issues, nutrition, fertility, overweight, exercise
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Heart Health in Women Heart disease: Leading cause of death What’s special about women? Women are twice as likely to die if they have a heart attack, than a man Women’s heart attacks are often missed/mis-diagnosed Disproportionate % of heart attacks happen at 9 am Monday morning Many women don’t recognize or believe they are having a heart attack Heart attacks present differently in women- Neck, jaw or arm pain (or no pain) Panicky or uneasy feeling Shortness of breath General discomfort or tightness in chest Sweating Any of the above, exacerbated by exertion or stress
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Why are heart attacks more deadly in women? Women have smaller blood vessels with thinner walls (fragile) Emergency room staff and medical professionals often miss the diagnosis due to unusual/mild symptoms Women, often too busy to go to the doctor, may endure pain/discomfort in silence.
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2012 for the course DIAG 717 taught by Professor Killinger during the Summer '09 term at Palmer Chiropractic.

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