Those who read the book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” might agree there are significant differences between men and women. When it comes to heart disease, there happens to be more similarities than differences, but what is different is significant. So, just how is women’s heart disease different than men’s heart disease?
Having a heart attack certainly puts life in perspective. It usually makes you more appreciative of those around you, and also makes you vividly aware of your own mortality. “Taking stock” after a heart attack is normal, but it’s equally important to focus on living life after a heart attack.
The mitral valve is one of four valves of the heart which makes sure blood flows in the proper direction. Sometimes a mitral valve degenerates and doesn’t close completely allowing blood to flow back into the left atrium, with Barlow’s disease being the most severe form. Stenosis is another mitral valve problem where the valve does not open completely causing obstruction of the blood flow. Both are serious conditions and without treatment can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and irreversible heart damage. If you need surgery, here are 10 questions to ask your cardiologist about mitral valve surgery.
We’re not through with this untimely health scare yet, and many of us are still unable to rejoin our local gym, but this shouldn’t be an excuse for letting yourself go. You know what we mean. Yourself, friends, and relatives may be lamenting that they have added pounds during the quarantine. But even if you have, it’s time to do something about it by staying focused on keeping your heart healthy during a pandemic.
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