Enjoy Your Menopause!

November 23, 2008

Menopause and Heart Disease

Before being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, I assumed my symptoms were the result of  menopause.  I started experiencing peri-menopausal symptoms in my mid 40s and went into full-blown menopause at 50.  I’m writing this to tell you, DO NOT MAKE THAT ASSUMPTION.  If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing heart failure in addition to menopause:

  • Shortness of breath during physical activity or even while lying in bed
  • bloating
  • a sudden weight gain ( I chalked this up to a slow down in metabolism)
  • swollen feet, ankles or legs
  • fatigue or weakness
  • confusion or decreased alertness (I was calling this “meno-moments.”   
  • nausea or loss of apetite
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • the need to urinate more often during the night
  • waking up due to shortness of breath
  • frequent cough or wheezing
  • swollen neck veins (I thought this was solely related to my thyroid disorder)

When your heart isn’t pumping proerly, blood from the lungs or from the rest of the body backs up—similar to the way traffic backs up at rush hour.  So get out of your traffic jam, visit your doctor and get your heart checked.

You owe it to yourself to get to the heart of the matter.

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3 Comments »

  1. […] Before being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, I assumed my symptoms were the result of menopause. I started experiencing peri-menopausal symptoms in my mid 40s and went into full-blown menopause at 50. … Early Menopause Symptoms… […]

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  2. […] Before being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, I assumed my symptoms were the result of menopause. I started experiencing peri-menopausal symptoms in my mid 40s and went into full-blown menopause at 50. … Early Menopause Symptoms… […]

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  3. Thank you for sharing this Bev. I am about to be 40 and I have so many of the symptoms that you mentioned but I am also overweight. I am working on the weight part and as for getting to the doctor I will do that when I get settled in Georgia.

    Know that I am praying for you my sister, my friend!

    Comment by LaTara - The Unplugged Mom — November 26, 2008 @ 12:51 am | Reply


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