Takotsubo or stress cardiomyopathy are the technical terms for broken heart syndrome, explains Dr. Lauren Frost, Cardiologist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. She describes this is a very unique condition in which a woman, always postmenopausal, has a very traumatic event such as car accident or dead of a relative, so she can present a heart attack. However, the specialist affirms if a broken heart is diagnosed and treated, women can survive the acute episode without having anything major. The prognosis is excellent with good medical care. It's a disease more prevalent in women.
Dr. Lauren Frost, Cardiologist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, explains women are supposed to conceive when theyâ€™re younger, because their hearts are healthier and it is assumed to be fine to carry a baby. Women's body responds with increase in heart rate for painful stimulus during labor, the doctor explains. If someone has valve disease or is born with congenital heart disease, she has a tough time and doctors elect to do a C-section.
Women have very similar risk factors for cardiovascular disease as men, says Dr. Lauren Frost, Cardiologist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, who adds It's important to educate women about that. The specialist explains some surprising factors about heart disease in women such as: heart disease is the first cause of death in women, over 42 million women are living with some form of heart disease and over 213 thousand women die annually from heart attacks, five times more than breast cancer, among others.
Most women will die of some sort of cardiovascular disease, affirms Dr. Lauren Frost, Cardiologist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. She also says heart disease can occur at any age, however certain types happen before menopause. The doctor adds there are similarities between heart disease in women and men, but women are not most likely to have obstruction of coronary disease when they present the chest pain. If there is a genetic predisposition women will develop cardiovascular disease, she explains.
During menopause, women have dips in the estrogen, redistribution of their body fat, gain some weight, increase their cardiovascular risks, pressure tends to go up and cholesterol changes as well, describes Dr. Lauren Frost, Cardiologist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. The specialist says if a woman has a high risk of cardiovascular disease or has known coronary disease, supplementing estrogen is dangerous, because it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. She prefers to use anti-anxiety medications to help manage some of the anxiety associated with hot flashes, because those medications are safe for heart disease.