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Listen to Your Heart

ListenToHeartJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

If you’re a woman over age 50 who believes you would easily recognize the symptoms of a heart attack, read on. Certainly, there are risk factors for heart disease common to both men and women that include family history, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and smoking. Both genders share some recognizable “classic symptoms” such as upper body pain or breaking out in a cold sweat. However, heart attack warning signals are not always clear cut and every heart incident is unique. Women often experience subtle symptoms, such as shortness of breath or stomach pain, that may be easily ignored or shrugged off as normal signs of aging or an illness.

Statistics show that only 65 percent of women would call for help immediately if they suspected they were having a heart attack. Minutes count when it comes to life-saving intervention and improved chances for a complete recovery. Failure to acknowledge and address the warning signs of an impending heart attack can be especially dangerous for women, as women’s heart attacks are more likely to result in fatality, if not immediately, within the year following. Statistics show that early heart attack symptoms occur in 50 percent of all people who have a heart attack.

Additionally, women are more likely to have a silent heart attack, which has no overt symptoms, but can cause heart damage and increase the risk of future attacks. Early warning symptoms of an impending heart attack can include intermittent mild chest pain or discomfort, nausea, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, sweating or severe anxiety. In hindsight, after a heart incident, many women report experiencing symptoms in the weeks or months prior. Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, many start slowly with mild discomfort.

Seek immediate help if any of the following symptoms are accompanied by severe chest pain, or rapid or irregular heart beat:

Unusual fatigue: For many busy women, feeling tired most of the time is not abnormal. However, if fatigue becomes dramatic wherein normal activity leaves you exhausted; or your chest has a feeling of heaviness; and your sleep is disturbed, it can be cause for serious concern.

Sweating and/or shortness of breath: Whether or not these symptoms are accompanied by chest pain, they can signal a heart problem. Watch for sudden sweating or breathlessness without exertion, a cold, clammy feeling, or shortness of breath that worsens when lying down and improves when getting up.

Neck, jaw and back pain: Though most associate heart incidents with chest pain, women, in particular, may experience pain in either arm, the lower or upper back, or the left lower side of the jaw.

Nausea/vomiting: Women are more likely to experience nausea, vomiting, indigestion, acid reflux, lightheadedness, or fainting.

Risk factors that relate specifically to women include increasing hypertension during menopause, autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, stress, and depression. Best advice, listen to your body. Having an awareness of symptoms unique to women and taking steps to address them can lower the risk of severe heart damage from a heart attack. To support overall wellbeing, work to lower controllable risk factors. These include avoidance of smoking, getting regular exercise, consuming a heart-healthy high fiber diet, and consulting with a healthcare provider for a cardiovascular evaluation.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements in support of healthy heart function and overall health:

Ubiquinol-QH (201899...Ubiquinol-QH by Douglas Laboratories®: Ubiquinol is the biologically reduced form of CoQ10, which has critical roles in antioxidant, energy and cardiovascular functions. As our ability to convert CoQ10 decreases with age, ubiquinol is ready to be utilized by the body in support of normal aging and cardiovascular health. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and yeast free formulation.

L-CarnitineL-Carnitine by Pure Encapsulations: This highly stabilized from of L-carnitine has been shown to promote oxygenation of the heart muscle, support cardiovascular energy, enhance exercise recovery and maintain healthy lipid metabolism. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Cardio CareCardio Care by Genestra: This unique formulation of CoQ10, magnesium and standardized botanicals is formulated for support of cardiovascular health, muscle function, energy metabolism and antioxidant defense. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Ultra Cardio Pack ...Ultra Cardio Pack by Douglas Laboratories®: Individual packets support cardiovascualar health with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, natural CoQ10, L-carnitine, and a proprietary organic fruit and vegetable blend. Soy free.

 

Lest we forget the importance of our pets’ cardiovascular health:

Cardio-StrengthCardio-Strength by Vetri-Science: This specialty canine and feline formula provides 11 synergistic ingredients that support cardiovascular health and function in geriatric pets and animals with pre-existing, sub-optimal cardiovascular function. Ingredients include L-carnitine, L-taurine, CoQ10, magnesium and essential fatty acids. Veterinarian approved.

References:
Heart Disease: Differences in Men and Women. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/heart_vascular_institute/clinical_services/centers_excellence/womens_cardiovascular_health_center/patient_information/health_topics/heart_disease_gender_differences.html
Gender and Heart Disease. https://www.goredforwomen.org/know-your-risk/find-out-your-risk/gender-heart-disease/
Women: Don’t Ignore These 3 Subtle Heart Attack Symptoms. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/03/women-dont-ignore-3-subtle-heart-attack-symptoms/
Heart Attack Symptoms in Women. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Heart-Attack-Symptoms-in-Women_UCM_436448_Article.jsp
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp
Symptoms of a Heart Attack. http://www.healthline.com/health/heart-disease/heart-attack-symptoms#overview1

 

Want a Health Boost? Get a Pet!

GetPetJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN

As if it weren’t already enough, man’s best friend appears to provide more than companionship and unconditional love. Undoubtedly, pets can bring joy to our lives, as no one can deny the comfort that snuggling up together can bring or the pleasure we receive when we play with our pet. Research shows that owning or interacting with an animal offers a number of physical and psychological health benefits. Caring for or spending time with a pet can help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as ease loneliness and depression. Pets help to fulfill the basic human need to touch, and stroking or petting a dog or a cat releases pleasurable brain chemicals that can rapidly calm us and lower our heart rate and blood pressure. Researchers have found that dogs can not only understand our commands, they are also attuned to our emotions, body language and our tone of voice.

According to the American Heart Association, the therapeutic effect of dog ownership is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and may contribute to a longer healthier life span. One study of adults who had suffered heart attacks showed that dog owners were significantly more likely to outlive those who did not own pets. Another showed that married couples with pets had lower heart rates and blood pressure and had milder responses and a faster recovery from stressful situations. High blood pressure, often associated with a rapid heart rate, anxiety and stress, can be lowered by the positive emotions associated with the affection and relaxation brought on by petting.

Studies also show that dog owners, who regularly walk their dogs, are more likely to get the recommended dose of 30 minutes of daily physical activity and that both dogs and owners are less likely to be overweight. While adults are more inclined to skip exercise if the weather is not conducive, pets want and need to go out in all weather conditions. Regular walking keeps not only pets in good physical shape, it keeps owners healthier too. Older adults with pets were found to have greater mobility and were able walk longer distances with a faster gait than those without pets who didn’t walk regularly.

Dog walkers are likely to have increased social contact, as they are inclined to meet other like-minded pet owners while out walking, hiking or playing at the dog park. As older adults social circles grow smaller, feelings of isolation can grow larger. Having a pet can reduce loneliness and provide a sense of purpose, while helping people stay connected socially. Research supports that children who grow up with household pets, especially dogs, are likely to be better socialized and are less likely to be self centered, have allergies or miss school due to illness. For people in long term care facilities, animal assisted therapy provides comfort for those dealing with chronic illness and deteriorating mental health conditions.

Increasingly utilized in clinical and hospital settings, trained therapy dogs help to motivate patients and speed up the healing process. Dogs can encourage playfulness and laughter, boosting immune and mental health. Therapy dogs are also used by hospitals to help relieve patient anxiety before tests, such as MRI scans or other treatments. Some studies suggest that interaction with therapy dogs may decrease the levels of certain neurotransmitters associated with depression and anxiety, while increasing the level of oxytocin, a feel good hormone that helps reduce stress and boost happiness.  

Along with the health benefits of pet ownership comes both personal and financial responsibility. Practically speaking, in addition to love, attention and exercise, pets need nutritious food, shelter and veterinary care. Before you consider bringing a pet into your home, make sure you are committed to a lifetime relationship with your new family member. The most important thing to remember — happy, healthy pets equate to happy, healthy owners and vice versa!

Professional Supplement Center carries many quality lines of pet supplements to support your pets’ overall health, vitality and wellness.

Daily Probiotic For Dogs (Formerly Daily Digest)Daily Probiotic for Dogs by Pet Naturals of Vermont – Just as humans need to support the health of their digestive tract, pre and probiotics can support healthy intestinal microbial balance for proper digestion, regularity and immune function in dogs. This delicious chewable formula features a special probiotic strain along with high quality prebiotic fiber.

 

Canine Basic Nutrients (VETERINARY PRODUCT)Canine Basic Nutrients by Thorne Vet – This complete multivitamin and mineral complex provides a broad range of nutrients in support of your pets’ optimal health and vitality. Non-GMO formulation. Also available as Canine Geriatric Basics formulated to meet the nutritional needs of an aging pet.

 

Cardio-StrengthCardio-Strength™ by Vetri-Science – This comprehensive product features 11 synergistic ingredients and is specifically formulated to support heart muscles and cardiovascular health and function. Recommended for geriatric dogs or cats who may have sub-optimal cardiovascular functions or who may be predisposed to cardiovascular stress.

 

Daily Multi Vitamin and Mineral for CatsDaily Multi Vitamin and Minerals for Cats by Dancing Paws – This unique feline supplement is designed to provide optimal nutrient levels to promote normal growth and longevity. Capsules, which contain human grade vitamins, mineral and antioxidants, may be pulled apart to sprinkle ingredients directly on food. Also available, Daily Multi Vitamin and Minerals for Dogs chewable wafers.

 

Formula V3 Vet-Zimes (VETERINARY PRODUCT)

Formula V-3 Vet-Zimes by Ness Enzymes – This unique formula provides essential fatty acids and concentrated, specially cultivated enzymes in support of optimum digestion and healthy skin and haircoat for both dogs and kitties.  

 

References:
Can Pets Keep You Healthy? http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2009/February/feature1.htm
What are the health benefits of pet ownership? http://kb.rspca.org.au/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-pet-ownership_408.html
The Health Benefits of Dogs (and Cats). http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/the-health-benefits-of-pets.htm
Pet therapy: Man’s best friend as healer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/pet-therapy/art-20046342
5 Health Benefits of Therapy Dogs. http://www.therapydogcertification.com/5-health-benefits-of-therapy-dogs/
Benefits of Owning a Pet. http://www.hopeforpets.org/Benefits%20of%20Owning%20a%20Pet.htm