Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Are the holidays worth dying over, ladies?

You know us women. We like our traditions, our holiday fun and travel. Everything has to be perfect.

A cardiologist at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, says sometimes women come in with stress-based cardiomyopathy from the short time and huge amount of stress in the pre-holiday weeks.

Usually in their late 50s to 70s, these women suffer from the stress hormones weakening the heart's main pumping chamber (left ventricle) causing it not to pump normally.

Symptoms might be chest pains or shortness of breath. In most cases, this is treated with drugs after an echocardiogram (sonogram of the heart).

Blood pressure can also spike during the holidays. If a woman has high blood pressure, staying on meds and monitoring it are especially important.

Remember, women may have different symptoms than men--sometimes just nausea or an unwell feeling. Vomiting or dizziness an be other signs of trouble.

Please let up on yourself in this stressful time. Meals can be pot luck, The older kids can wrap presents for the younger ones. You don't need to go to every open house or party.

I am sure you can think of a dozen more ways to alter the holiday routine in your favor.

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