Review the latest information on visitor policies, safety procedures, immunizations and more in the COVID-19 Resource Center. Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, and weakness in the arms. Women are also likely to experience shortness of breath and nausea or vomiting. However, women may not recognize their symptoms as a heart attack and rule it out for exercising too much or having heartburn.
And while menopause doesn't cause heart disease, certain risk factors are more common after menopause, such as higher blood pressure and cholesterol, and decreased estrogen. There is also a link between pregnancy and stroke. Preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy, may increase the risk of stroke. Neurological events in which blood clot disorders are more likely to occur due to hypercoagulation or excessive blood clotting, which can also occur during pregnancy.
These blood clots can then restrict blood flow to the brain. While diabetes is certainly not exclusive to women, it does increase the risk of heart disease four times in women. Women are also more susceptible to diabetes-related complications, such as blindness, kidney disease, and depression. Gestational diabetes is a condition that can occur during pregnancy, in which the glucose level rises and other complications occur.
This occurs in at least 3 out of 100 women, and treatment may include a careful diet, exercise, blood glucose control, insulin injections, and oral medication. Diabetes can also cause difficulties during pregnancy, such as miscarriages and birth defects. Special tests and controls may be needed for pregnant women who have diabetes, especially those who depend on insulin. To reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, try to maintain a healthy weight, exercise often, and stop smoking.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur when germs enter the urethra and begin to multiply. They are particularly common in women, as they have a shorter urethra than a man's. This decreases the length bacteria have to travel to reach the bladder. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include frequent urination, pain or burning when urinating, and cloudy urine.
Although a urinary tract infection can go away on its own, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if needed. If UTIs become a recurring problem, other tests may reveal if the urinary tract is normal. There are more than 30 types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). One of the most common, human papillomavirus (HPV), can be prevented with the HPV vaccine.
About 80 percent of sexually active men and women will become infected with HPV at some point in their lives. There are more than 100 types, with at least 14 related to cancer, says Dr. The highest risk types in the United States are types 16 and 18, both related to cervical precancer. Only surpassed by skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.
In fact, American women have a 12 percent chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Alzheimer's disease is a form of brain degeneration in which abnormal particles called neurofibrillary tangles and plaques form in the brain and destroy healthy brain cells. Of the 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, more than two-thirds are women. While this has historically been thought to be the result of women living longer, scientists are studying whether it could also be related to genetic variations.
Healthy lifestyle choices, such as staying active and eating a healthy diet, can help promote optimal brain health. For example, many still believe that breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women. While it's definitely in the top five, it's not as widespread as heart disease, which charges one in three women each year. Heart disease can not only cause premature death, but it can also seriously harm the lives of women, who can become so short of breath that even a flight of stairs seems like an impossible task.
Compounding the problem, heart conditions are often not diagnosed in women because the symptoms differ from those experienced by men. That's why cardiac care is such an important part of our women's health care program. We offer a variety of options for testing and treating heart disease and can help women discover the causes of symptoms, such as chest pain, abnormal heart sounds, fast heartbeats, and shortness of breath. We can also help women recovering from a heart attack determine their tolerance to exercise.
Endometriosis is a problem that affects a woman's uterus, the place where the baby grows when the woman is pregnant. Endometriosis occurs when the type of tissue that normally lines the uterus grows somewhere else. May grow in the ovaries, behind the uterus, in the intestines, or in the bladder. Rarely does it grow on other parts of the body.
This “stray” tissue can cause pain, infertility, and heavy periods. Pain is usually in the abdomen, lower back, or pelvic areas. Some women don't have any symptoms, and having trouble getting pregnant may be the first sign that they have endometriosis. Uterine fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors in women of childbearing potential.
Fibroids are made up of muscle cells and other tissues that grow in and around the wall of the uterus or uterus. The cause of fibroids is unknown. Risk factors include being African American or being overweight. Symptoms of fibroids include: CDC provides information and educational materials for women and health care providers to raise awareness of the top five gynecological cancers.
Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that originates in a woman's reproductive organs. Gynecologic cancers begin in different places inside a woman's pelvis, which is the area below the stomach and between the hip bones. Scientists are increasing their understanding of the difference between men's and women's health needs. Women can take charge of their health by eating the right diet, looking for the right tests and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Women are 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetime, says National Institute of Mental Health. This means not only setting goals and indicators, but catalyzing commitments in terms of policies, funding and action, to ensure that the future brings health to all women and girls, whoever they are, wherever they live. Combine the higher risk of poverty with other conditions of old age, such as dementia, and older women are also at greater risk of abuse and, in general, ill health. Helping to sensitize women to mental health issues and giving them the confidence to seek help is vital.
Women experience unique health problems and conditions, from pregnancy and menopause to gynecological conditions, such as uterine fibroids and pelvic floor disorders. During times of physiological change, women are more susceptible to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. That is why WHO is working so hard to strengthen health systems and ensure that countries have strong funding systems and a sufficient number of well-trained and motivated health workers. Women's health involves a variety of gender-specific problems, such as estrogen production, mental health, sexual health, and fertility problems.
Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause may be more serious for women. Gynecological health and disorders affecting women include menstruation and menstrual irregularities; urinary tract health, including urinary incontinence and pelvic floor disorders; and disorders such as bacterial vaginosis, vaginitis, uterine fibroids, and vulvodynia. CDC provides information and educational materials for women and health care providers to raise awareness of the five main types of gynecologic cancer. While it's important for women to take these health problems seriously, the good news is that chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension can be prevented and treated when detected early.