Heart Health and Your Oral Health and Rosie's Heart AttackFriday, September 7th, 2012, 9:19 pm
There are lots of studies that have linked heart health and oral health and then there have been a few that haven’t made the connection. One thing we do know is that inflammation is involved in gum disease and heart disease. Another thing we know is that women have much different heart attack symptoms than men – remember Rosie Odonnell’s heart attack a few weeks ago? She had a major heart attack at age 50 and luckily lived to tell about it – which is surprising since all she did after googling her symptoms was to take an aspirin. She should have called 911.
Women often don’t get the chest pain and pressure that men do when having a heart attack. Symptoms for women are often subtle and include:
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling lightheaded
- Discomfort or pain in the back, jaw, lower chest or upper belly
Nothing there that would scream “heart attack” to most people but it is important for women to remember these symptoms. Women are also more likely, like Rosie, to delay seeking treatment. This is one case where it is better to call attention to yourself and get medical help immediately. A surprisingly large number of women have symptoms up to a month before they seek treatment.
Why? Usually women are busy with family and don’t want to take time for themselves or they never thought it could be a heart attack. The risk of heart attack rises in women who have entered menopause and also increases if you are overweight, stressed, don’t exercise or have active gum disease.
Here at Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA we can’t help you with your exercise program or remind you to choose healthier meals but we can remind you that it is time for your dental hygiene appointment. This is another thing that many women put off… don’t do it! When you get your reminder please schedule your appointment as soon as possible by contacting 706-886-9439. Keeping your gums healthy helps keep the rest of you healthy as well!