What are the risk factors for heart disease in pregnant women?

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, SCAD, is a tear within the layers of a heart artery wall; It’s also the No. 1 cause of a heart attack among pregnant women.
3:52 | 02/25/21

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As it already July and I mom in the first line of defense for a woman who may have heart disease and may not even realize it yet. So many patients including pregnant women. Confessed to me they are simply unaware of their very own risk factors. That was the case for this young mom from Minnesota. And want to be there for my kids I want to see them grow up and just can't. Imagine leaving my kids that young now they're more aware they now Mani has a heart issue. And Kristen boats on duty for your zone and Skadden. She was barn at 7:30 in the morning in everything. Felt great I am right up until when she was born it that's when I surges to feel a little off. Like I just got run over by Abbas literally thought wasn't really until six days after I was sent home that I am really started to feel. I'm that I could mask that pain anymore and I realized that I needed to decent thing about it. They got into the Minneapolis heart institute and that's when they discover that I was in fact. Having a heart attack due to scat. Daddy is spontaneous coronary artery guy section in its when he unitarian years artery within your heart. And that then blocks the blood flow and then that causes a heart attack. My life drastically changed after it. IA had to stop running. Running was a big passion of mine and I can't do marathon runs anymore I can simply just jog or walk Ryan. Me. After I went Davis of an eye catching my focus and editorials advocating for woman's art house and put together the first ever Minnesota I've tasted at all. And I was really looking hard to as we head over 300 runners coming to participate in. Mean I had no symptoms in the last two years Cincinnati was barred. Rates start at an aids I want to get there early and I'll listen as soon as I got there I just. Felt ops. I instantly hit the grounds my hands in my legs all went nom I was sweating profusely. And I had been worse chest pain I may have ever imagined I knew instantly it was happening again. And a lot worse the second time around this time around my tears throughout the top of a heart what they call the widow maker. So is little more risky this time around. And then it. Perform. Emergency triple bypass. Triple bypass never even came into my mind I wasn't even. Appearing or any justice in that it would never get that added I thought maybe I'd get a stent is anything but when I woke up. And realize it was triple bypass I was just in shock I couldn't believe that I had to go through that and then it got as bad as it did. I want. Women to hear that even if you're young and looked healthy and feel healthy that you are at risk for heart disease. I think that's the biggest reason I'm showing my experience that women actually. Listen to their body go in an advocate for themselves. So even if you don't have spontaneous coronary artery dissection or scads of late Kristen. There are other complicating risk factors during pregnancy they include gestation diabetes or pre term delivery. And other risk factors like obesity and something called poly cystic ovarian syndrome or PC OS which is up our moral disorder in women of reproductive age. My bottom line advice when it comes to women and their heart health whether your child bearing age or older. Be vigilant about taking care of yourself it is always a good time to start focusing on your health. By including your diet increasing physical activity and most importantly. Listen to your body if something doesn't feel right notify your doctor immediately and have held low threshold for seeking medical evaluation.

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