Rais­ing Aware­ness

Woman's Era - - Short Story - To Root Out Heart Dis­eases In Women

Women are nat­u­ral care­tak­er­swhether it’s in the form of a mother, sis­ter, daugh­ter or a part­ner. More of­ten than not women are so busy car­ing for ev­ery­one else, that their own health and well­be­ing slips to bot­tom of the list. Sounds fa­mil­iar? If so, for the sake of your loved ones and for your heart, start mak­ing you and your health a pri­or­ity. Take time to un­der­stand how likely you are to de­velop heart dis­ease and what you can do to pre­vent it. Did you know? Each year more women die of heart dis­ease than men yet, heart dis­ease and re­lated risk fac­tors are of­ten missed in women.

Symp­toms of coro­nary heart dis­ease and heart at­tack are dif­fer­ent in women than their male coun­ter­parts. Women are also less likely to re­ceive op­ti­mal treat­ment for cer­tain heart con­di­tion. Even though heart dis­ease tends to strike later in life it can hap­pen at any age. The usual sus­pects of heart dis­ease are smok­ing, high blood pres­sure, high choles­terol, di­a­betes, obe­sity, phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity, fam­ily his­tory of early heart dis­ease, older age. High blood pres­sure or di­a­betes dur­ing preg­nancy can in­crease long term risk of hy­per­ten­sion and di­a­betes that in­creases the risk of de­vel­op­ment of heart dis­ease in moth­ers. Women with in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease like Rheuma­toid arthri­tis and Lu­pus have in­creased risk of heart dis­ease

Es­tro­gen once thought to have pro­tec­tive role in de­vel­op­ment of heart dis­ease, as it re­duces blood pres­sure, blunts the ef­fect of stress hor­mone at time of stress, and is a nat­u­ral an­tiox­i­dant, but it also pro­motes clot for­ma­tion, so hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy con­tain­ing Es­tro­gen once thought to pro­tect against heart dis­ease are now known to in­crease the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

Some usual facts are that women are more likely to have dis­ease that af­fects smaller ar­ter­ies, these are ac­tu­ally dys­func­tion of ar­ter­ies rather than block­age. Spon­ta­neous dis­sec­tion ( tear) in coro­nary ar­ter­ies, Bro­ken heart syn­drome - de­spite the name it can hap­pen with good or bad emo­tional ex­cite­ment and oc­cur more com­monly in fe­males. Chemo or ra­dio ther­apy for breast cancer can dam­age your heart both acutely and in fu­ture.

Although many women have clas­sic crush­ing chest pain which is hall­mark of heart at­tack, at least one third will have typ­i­cal symp­toms like ex­treme tired­ness, nau­sea, feel­ing dizzy, in­di­ges­tion, pal­pi­ta­tion. Treat­ment op­tions are medicines, coro­nary an­gio­plasty and stent­ing, or coro­nary artery by­pass graft­ing. His­tor­i­cally treat­ments have been based on clin­i­cal stud­ies that in­cluded mostly men. In fact less than twenty five per­cent of par­tic­i­pants have been women. The good news is that as re­search con­tin­ues to evolve and in­clude women of all race and eth­nic­i­ties, re­search are be­gin­ning to find di­ag­nos­tic and ther­a­peu­tic ap­proaches that are bet­ter matched to women with CAD.

While men and women have sim­i­lar rate of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, women tend to have longer hos­pi­tal stays, re­ceive less of rec­om­mended treat­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence greater long term dis­abil­ity. Women are less likely to re­turn to work fol­low­ing a CVD re­lated hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion and have lower health re­lated qual­ity of life fol­low­ing an event. These are im­por­tant rea­sons for women to be ed­u­cated about, what they can do to pre­vent heart dis­ease and type of treat­ment that should be rec­om­mended if they have heart dis­ease.

Car­diac re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is a 12 weeks pro­gramme that in­cludes su­per­vised ex­er­cise, nu­tri­tion coun­selling, stress man­age­ment, as­sis­tance to quit smok­ing and ed­u­ca­tion about the dis­ease process. Stud­ies showed that peo­ple who at­tend car­diac re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion have fewer re­turns to hos­pi­tal and bet­ter qual­ity of life.

With this knowl­edge, women can ad­vo­cate their own best health care. My ad­vice to women is to do one good thing for your heart ev­ery­day. Pro­tect your heart by mak­ing healthy choices that are right for you.

Af­ter hav­ing sug­ar­cane juice by the road­side they ended the shop­ping ses­sion and boarded an­other jam­packed bus home.

“Next time I will re­mem­ber to with­draw money from my bank be­fore I go shop­ping in MG mar­ket. I didn’t know so many street ven­dors still pre­fer cash to credit cards,” said Tara.

By the time they reached home, they were ex­hausted. Tara’s face twitched as she fum­bled through all the bags they were car­ry­ing. “My purse...it’s gone…”

Baby checked all the bags once more.

“What a mess...” Tara dug into her pant pock­ets. “Luck­ily, I kept the house keys in my pocket.”

Baby fished out a mo­bile phone from her hand­bag. “Let me call your phone. Maybe your purse has just fallen some­where nearby.”

Open­ing the door, Tara looked at the fam­ily photo hang­ing on the wall in the liv­ing room and sighed. “Huh! My credit cards are doomed if some­one has stolen my purse!” She quickly got down to di­alling the banks to block her cards while Baby kept di­alling Tara’s phone num­ber.“it’s ring­ing. But no­body’s pick­ing up.” “Keep try­ing!” said Tara. A minute later she caught Baby smil­ing, cup­ping her phone and whis­per­ing, “Got the bug­ger, madam…”

Baby turned to the phone and spoke fran­ti­cally, “Yes, you keep every­thing you have found in the purse. I just need the restau­rant bill. It is very im­por­tant to me. I will pay you money for it.”

Tara’s eyes widened. Baby con­tin­ued her talk. “Yes, I will give you two thou­sand ru­pees for the bill. Meet me at the water tank bus stop in an hour’s time. I will call you when I reach there.”

Tara yelled, “You un­e­d­u­cated fool! Why are you of­fer­ing to pay two thou­sand ru­pees for a restau­rant bill? What’s wrong with you? My PAN card, Aad­har card, credit cards were all in there…if my hus­band and kids hear about this, I will be the laugh­ing stock for years.”

“I know how to fix this. Trust me, madam. You stay calm till I re­turn,” said Baby and walked out of the door.

Wait­ing for Baby to re­turn, Tara blocked all her credit cards and pol­ished off a pack of potato fries.

Baby en­tered the house two hours later with the prized purse. “Ex­cept for the money, you will find every­thing in there.”

“How?” asked Tara, check­ing all the con­tents of her purse.

“I have friends in the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion. I got two of them to ac­com­pany me to the bus stop. Your purse lover turned out to be a first-time thief.”

Tara hugged Baby. “I am so happy I have a smart per­son like you in my life.” Baby beamed. It was the first time Tara madam had called her smart. We

Hap­pi­ness is a mys­tery like re­li­gion, and should never be ra­tio­nal­ized.Wait­ing for Baby to re­turn, Tara blocked all her credit cards and pol­ished off a pack of potato fries. Baby en­tered the house two hours later with the prized purse.

How, just a bus ride away check­ing away... her purse

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