Behind closed doors: 5 heart disease signs to watch for in the bedroom
Laxmi Mehta, MD, FACC, FAHA, is the director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program and an associate professor of medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. That’s why symptoms shouldn’t go ignored. Some heart disease indicators might reveal themselves only in the privacy of your bedroom. Take note of these five warning signs:
1. Chest pain during sex
For some women, chest pain during sex might be the first time they discover they have chest pain at all. This pain is exertional chest pain (occurring during activity or stress), resulting from plaque buildup that blocks blood flow in arteries. If you haven’t been active otherwise, this pain could first present itself during sex.
2. Hot flashes at night
The frequency of hot flashes can vary among women, but some women experience them more often at night. Whether the hot flashes are experienced at night or during the day, there is an increased risk of heart disease for women who experience hot flashes at an earlier-than-average age (before about 45) or go through the stages of menopause at an accelerated rate.
3. Erectile dysfunctionHeart disease and erectile dysfunction share many of the same symptoms. If you or your partner is showing signs of erectile dysfunction, he should also be screened for heart disease.
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5. Heart palpitations while resting
- Learn more about signs of heart disease in women and when to see a doctor.
This article first appeared in Healthy Living Magazine.