Dr Oz: Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center + Heart Disease Risk Factors

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Dr Oz: Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center

Dr Oz was discussing women’s heart disease with Barbra Streisand and continued the conversation talking about the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai. At the center, educating, treating, and diagnosing women’s heart disease is their primary goals. The center is also investigating the ways in which heart disease affects women, and they’ve really only been studying the difference between men and women when it comes to heart disease for about 15 years, which means they’re 45 years behind.

The Streisand clinic is making up time fast through groundbreaking research and state-of-the-art screening. The center is also developing new tools and treatments that have saved the lives of many women, and reduced the chances of women ever getting heart disease in the first place.

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Dr Oz: Risk Factors For Women’s Heart Disease

Dr Oz: Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center + Heart Disease Risk Factors

Dr Oz talked to Barbra Streisand about her new heart disease center and the risk factors of heart disease that are unique to women. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

Dr Oz and Barbra Streisand were joined by Noel Bairey Merz, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center. She explained that there are many gender-specific risk factors and symptoms for heart disease including irregular menstrual cycles sometimes linked with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which may or may not cause an infertility issue in some women. Another risk factor would be pregnancy complications like high blood pressure or preeclampsia, as well as migraine headaches with auras and autoimmune diseases.

Dr Oz: Symptoms Of Heart Disease In Women

Dr Merz also explained that women will attribute their symptoms to indigestion or esophageal reflux. Symptoms of heart disease also include back pain, shoulder pain, and arm pain, which are considered atypical symptoms even though in women they should be typical symptoms. Nausea, extreme fatigue, vomiting, cold chills, and pain in jaw are also symptoms.

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Barbra shared that she saw Dr Oz had very young women on his show who had heart attacks, and it shows how more younger women are dying from heart disease. Dr Merz said it’s the only group that is going up not going down. During a TED Talk, Dr Merz said to her audience that one in two of the women would have cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. One out of three will die of it.

Dr Oz: Yentl Syndrome & Getting Checked

As for Yentl Syndrome, in which you present yourself like a man in order to get properly diagnosed, Barbra told Dr Merz to lie and say you’re having chest pain and arm pain, and then you may be diagnosed properly.

Dr Merz said they’re very big on getting heart checked. She said you should get your blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar checked, and then get to a pharmacy to calculate your own risk. You can get a ten-year heart disease risk as well as lifetime heart disease risk. You can print off a card from The Women’s Heart Alliance that has all the important heart numbers on it.

Dr Oz: Barbra Streisand Partners Review

Barbra said to do it for yourself, your daughters, and your mothers. Dr Oz wanted to mention Barbra’s new album, Partners, which is another one hit, making her the first performer in history to have a #1 album in six consecutive decades. Barbra said she read a book when she was 16 while going to school to be an actress, and read “thought transcends matter.” So she thought that she could think things and maybe the strength of the will could manifest reality, which is the beauty in thinking positive.

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