Neighborhood Health Watch: Dr.  Denise Dietz on heart disease in women

Neighborhood Health Watch: Dr. Denise Dietz on heart disease in women


– [Announcer] Neighborhood Health Watch is sponsored by the doctors
of HCA Virginia Health System. – Today in Neighborhood Health Watch, we’re discussing heart disease in women. Symptoms for women are often different from symptoms that show up in men, and shockingly, women
are more likely than men to die within a year of
having a heart attack. Women tend to end up in the E.R. after heart damage has already occurred. Doctor’s hope new knowledge and awareness would lead to better prevention
and treatment for women. Doctor Denise Dietz
with Chippenham Hospital Levinson Heart Institute
is here to get us informed. Thanks a lot for joining
us again on First at Four. – Thank you for having me. – Let’s start with gender. Why does gender play a role, and what have you learned about this differences in the symptoms? – You know Diane, it’s interesting, the history of women’s heart
disease is relatively young. Studies are traditionally done in men, and not until the 70s or the
80s were women’s included, and what we found is
sometimes there’re differences in women versus men, say
in presenting symptoms, or how they react, or go on treatment. So it’s interesting to
find these differences and use it to help better treatment. – What signs can women look out for? I mean, I was reading before coming out, and it talked about women
experiencing certain symptoms at rest, while they’re asleep, so you could confuse
that with other things. – Yeah. We’re trying to dilettante
the differences in symptoms between men and women. Traditionally we’re taught
the crushing chest pain, down the left arm to the neck, is the classic signs of a heart attack, but in women it could be different. It could be abdominal pain,
fatigue, very subtle signs. It could be the crushing chest pain, but women are thought maybe to dismiss these traditional symptoms, thinking hey I’m not at
risk for a heart attack, I’m young and female, when perhaps they really are. – You know, what I find interesting, too, heart disease is the
leading cause of death, and heart disease is one of
the most preventable diseases. It’s like it’s a well-kept
secret, that it’s preventable. – And that’s why we love to
see people with heart attacks. We really like to prevent heart attacks, and that’s where women
can be more proactive. When you go to see your
doctor, your primary care, your OBGYN, be proactive
and ask the questions, what is my blood pressure,
what is my cholesterol? Is it normal, abnormal? Is it something I need to bring up, or have followed every visit? Do I need to see a specialist
or have more testing done? That way people get, in
this busy era of healthcare, people will focus on women’s specific numbers and risk factors. – And what are some of
the things, quickly, we can do to reduce those risk factors? – Like everybody, we should be active, exercise, don’t smoke,
don’t become a diabetic, monitor our numbers, our statistics. What is our blood pressure? What is our LDL Cholesterol? Have we been screened for diabetes, and what is our family history as it relates to our heart disease? – Alright, we always love having you. Thank you, Dr. Dietz.
– Thank you for having me.

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