A new study has found that women who’ve had three or more pregnancies are at a greater risk for a particular form of heart disease.
The Melbourne-based study looked at women who currently suffer from heart disease. All of the participants were in their 60s and 70s. The research stumbled upon an interesting conclusion when it found that women who had three or more pregnancies in their life had a higher likelihood of having ‘stiff heart syndrome.’
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Stiff heart syndrome, which is also known as cardiac amyloidosis, is a type of heart disease that occurs when protein is deposited in the heart and begins taking over the function of the heart muscle. The protein deposits start replacing the heart tissue, which can eventually lead to heart failure.
Dr. Ginni Mansberg told Sunrise News that mothers shouldn’t “lose too much sleep” over the correlation, as stiff heart syndrome is a rare condition. Rather, she encouraged mothers to focus more so on their overall heart health by eating and exercising properly as well as avoiding smoking.
According to MedLine Plus, not only is stiff heart syndrome rare, but it’s more common in men than women. It also rarely affects people under the age of 40. The site adds that it’s believed there is a genetic component to the condition, so there’s only cause for concern if you’re aware this condition runs in your family or if you notice any glaring symptoms.
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There are a variety of symptoms to watch out for. These include excessive urination at night, increase fatigue, noticeable heart palpitations, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing while lying down, and also swelling in the stomach or legs. Other less obvious symptoms are abnormal sounds in the lunch (like crackling), low blood pressure while standing up, enlarged neck veins, and a swollen liver.
A variety of treatment options exist in the case of diagnosis. A simple one includes changing your diet by limiting salt and fluids. The doctor may prescribe water pills or diuretics to help the body flush excess fluids. They may also prescribe medications such as digoxin, calcium-channel blockers, or beta-blockers. Other treatments can include an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, a pacemaker, chemotherapy, or in severe cases, a heart transplant.