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Most Heart Attacks are due to coronary arteries being blocked by blood clots that form when plaques of cholesterol rupture. Lack of blood flow through blocked arteries results in heart muscle dying, hence the name Heart attack. However, there is another form of heart attack called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Over the past few years, physicians have come to recognize and better understand this form of heart attack. This unusual type of heart attack does not involve rupturing plaques or blocking blood vessels. It is called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or Stress cardiomyopathy. Japanese doctors, who were first to describe this condition, named it Takotsubo because during this disorder, heart takes on a distinctive shape that resembles Japanese pot used to trap octopus. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is commonly believed to be caused by sudden emotional stress, such as the death of a child, and to be far less harmful than a typical heart attack. For that reason, some have also labelled this condition Broken - Heart syndrome. Study in September 3rd 2015 issue of New England Journal of Medicine reports on the work of an international collaboration of physicians from the United States and Europe that studied 1 750 patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Interestingly, 90% of these cases occur in women, and women in this study were an average of 67 years old. The most common triggers of Stress cardiomyopathy were physical, and the next most common cause was emotional shock. But in a substantial proportion of patients, there was no trigger that could be identify. Compared with people who had experienced typical heart attack, patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy were almost twice as likely to have psychological or psychiatric disorder. And in contrast to the commonly - held belief among doctors that Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is less serious than other forms of heart attack, rates of death in hospital from Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and more traditional heart attacks were similar. As awareness of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy increases among physicians and patients, I suspect we will be recognizing even more cases of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy in the future. Conditions certainly do not appear to be as rare as was suspect, nor as harmless as had been believe. Future research will be needed to determine the best care for patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and lower their risk for future problems. Right now, we often use the same medications to treat weakened heart muscle in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy as we do with other forms of heart attack, but there really are not many good studies yet regarding optimal medication choices for people who have experienced Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The link with neurological or psychiatric disorders is intriguing, and suggests that important heart - mind connection is relevant to some manifestations of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, and possibly to other cardiac conditions as well. As I tell recently in my article Stress as Cause of Heart Attacks - Myogenic Theory, etiology of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is better explained by the Myogenic Theory of Heart Disease.

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Heart Attacks Striking Younger Women

Younger women are having more heart attacks, say recent study. Researchers were surprised to find that while the heart attack rate has decreased among older adults, it's risen among those ages 35 - 54, especially women. Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study reviewed more than 28 000 hospitalizations for heart attacks in four cities. This observational study found a trend in young women, say Virginia Colliver, MD., Cardiologist with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - Heart Care in Bethesda, Maryland. But research doesn't provide insight into why an uptick in heart attacks is happening to younger people. I suspect it has to do with more people having risk factors for heart disease at an earlier age.

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Estrogen and Heart Disease

Table

Risk factorGoal
Body mass index (BMI) Multiply your weight in pounds by 700, then divide that number by the square of your height in inches18.5-24.9
Waist (abdominal) circumference Hold a tape measure at the level of your navel and circle your abdomen with it. (Measure below, not at, the narrowest part of your torso.)<35 inches
Total cholesterol<200 mg/dL
HDL cholesterol>50 mg/dL
LDL cholesterol<100 mg/dL
Triglycerides<150 mg/dL
Blood pressure<120/80 mm Hg

Studies have shown that after menopause, women experience an increased risk of heart disease. Researchers have connected this pattern to decreasing levels of female hormone Estrogen during menopausea, a process that begins around age 50. Estrogen is associated with higher levels of high - density lipoprotein and lower levels of low - density lipoprotein. Withdrawal of natural Estrogen that occurs in menopause leads to lower good cholesterol and higher bad cholesterol, thus increasing the risk of Heart Disease. Because life expectancy for women in the United States is 79 years, women can expect to live large parts of their lives with an increased risk of heart disease. In fact, 1 out of 4 women older than 65 has some form of identified heart disease. Researchers have looked at how hormone replacement therapy may affect women who already have Heart Disease and those who do. After several years of study and numerous clinical trials with differing results, AHA still does not advise women to take HRT to reduce their risk of coronary heart disease or stroke. Women should weigh the risks of HRT and discuss them with their doctor. For symptoms of menopause, including bone loss, effective non - hormonal treatments are available.

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Modifiable Risk Factors for Women

Understand the risks you face of heart attack. Extensive Research has identified factors that increase people's risk of coronary heart disease in general and heart attack in particular. The more risk factors you have, and the greater the degree of each risk factor, higher your chance of developing coronary heart disease - a common term for buildup of plaque in heart arteries that could lead to heart attack. Risk factors fall into three broad categories: major risk factors - Research has shown that these factors significantly increase the risk of heart and blood vessel disease. Modifiable risk factors - Some major risk factors can be modify, treated or controlled through medications or lifestyle change. Contributing risk factors - These factors are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but their significance and prevalence havent yet been determine. The American Heart Association recommends focusing on heart disease prevention early in life. To start, assess your risk factors and work to keep them low. The sooner you identify and manage your risk factors, better your chances of leading a heart - healthy life.

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What Is SCAD?

Unlike more typical heart attack caused by rupture of plaque in arteries, SCAD heart attacks starts with a tear in the wall of an otherwise normal artery. Tear tunnels within the wall of the artery, and its effect blocks artery and blood flow to heart muscles, leading to heart attack. Although SCAD causes a small percentage of heart attacks overall, it is responsible for 40% of heart attacks in women under the age of 50. And it mostly happens to women - more than 90% of SCAD patients are female. Athis is an important cause of heart attacks among younger people, and it has really only been in the past 4 or 5 years that our thinking about it has change. For the past 100 years, we have been missing it, says Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, of Mayo Clinic, Minnesota - renowned SCAD researcher. Many researchers have been rushing to learn more about SCAD and are starting to better understand how it works and how to treat it. The American Heart Association released the first scientific statement about the condition in February. The 35 - page document reviews relevant research and say, among other things, that conservative treatment is generally best. There is isnat yet enough high - quality evidence on conditions to write guidelines for treatment.

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