As we observe American Heart Month, your Livingston general dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, would like to address how heart disease affects women. Each year, more women die as a result of heart disease than breast cancer and lung cancer combined. More women die following their first heart attack than men. The purpose of American Heart Month is the spread the word about heart disease prevention. In today’s blog your Livingston dentists will be discussing the ways women can help prevent heart disease and safeguard their dental health.
Women and Heart Disease Symptoms
Heart disease affects women and men very differently. Often, a patient may even miss warning signs of cardiovascular disease. For example, when women have a heart attack, many times they don’t experience severe chest pains or aches in the left arm. Many women who suffer heart attacks report gastrointestinal distress, fatigue, or pain in the upper back and shoulders.
Women who have had gestational diabetes or preeclampsia also see an increased chance of heart problems. Anywhere between 2% and 10% of women will develop gestational diabetes or preeclampsia during pregnancy. In most cases, these medical issues disappear following birth. But researchers are now realizing that women who had gestational diabetes or preeclampsia increase their risk of heart disease.
Hot flashes are common signs of the hormone changes related to menopause. If a patient experiences hot flashes throughout the day, even when sitting still, then this is most likely a symptom of menopause. But, if a patient experiences hot flashes during exercise or any form of exertion, this could be a sign of angina. Also referred to as chest pains, angina is a frequent symptom of heart disease.
Thankfully, with a few simple preventive measures, women can reduce the risk of heart disease and ensure good oral health. Smoking is a leading cause of heart disease, and also stains your teeth and leaves your smile vulnerable to gum disease. If you smoke, quit immediately. Good nutrition, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, also strengthens your heart. Avoid foods high in trans fats, sodium, sugar, and cholesterol. These items not only affect your heart, but also leave your teeth susceptible to tooth decay. Don’t forget to attend regular checkups and cleanings with your Livingston dentists. Checkups allow Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom to watch and prescribe treatment for a variety of dental issues.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston General Dentists
Do you or your family need a checkup or cleaning? Schedule a consultation with your Livingston general dentists today. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.