Focusing on Women’s Health: A Head to Toe Assessment

women1Women have health issues unique to them, or have health issues that affect both men and women, but affect women differently.   The following is the next in a series of articles for Chai Times that will cover a variety of women’s health issues:

Women and Heart Disease

Most women know the symptoms of a heart attack such as squeezing chest pain, shortness of breath, and nausea.   But as it turns out, these symptoms are more typical for males.   Female heart attacks can be quite different — and it’s important for all women to learn the warning signs.

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Focusing on Women’s Health: A Head to Toe Assessment

Women and Strokewomen1

Stroke is a medical emergency and a leading cause of death in the U.S. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or, more commonly, when a blockage develops. Without treatment, cells in the brain quickly begin to die.

Each year, 700,000 people suffer a stroke. Five hundred thousand of these strokes are first occurrences, while the rest are repeat strokes.   Someone has a stroke in the United States every 45 seconds.  Some risk factors for stroke are hypertension, diabetes and smoking.

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