The effect of stress on your heart is a hot topic of investigation for medical researchers. Stress has not been proven to be a direct cause of heart disease, however, stress is definitely a huge factor in elements of your health that are been proven to lead to heart attacks. When people are highly stressed, common reactions include neglecting fitness, overeating, poor sleep quality, drinking alcohol excessively, and smoking. All of these behaviors are proven contributors to hypertension and high cholesterol, at the very least. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will explore how heart disease affects women, and how heart disease can also be linked to dental health.
Heart Attacks in Women
The symptoms of heart attacks differ by gender. Unfortunately, the classic symptoms we tend to hear about, or see portrayed in movies and on television, are those that are more often felt by men. Reports show that women often get the emergency room long after heart damage has already occurred, due to the subtleties of their symptoms. Women are simply more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms that have nothing to do with crushing chest pain. Some of these symptoms include:
- Discomfort in the neck, upper back, abdomen, or shoulders
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, or even vomiting
- Marked fatigue
Women that are experiencing such symptoms, particularly a cluster of several of the ones listed above, should consider seeking emergency medical attention to be on the safe side.
Dental Health and Stress
One of the most common dental issues that relates to stress is teeth grinding (clinically known as bruxism). People that have trouble handling their stress levels are at a higher risk for bruxism, as well as an uncomfortable condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Unfortunately, teeth grinders often manifest their stress in this way in a completely unconscious state. Additionally, if you are grinding your teeth and don’t recognize the issue, you might end up wearing away all of your tooth enamel. This gives you a much higher risk for tooth decay.
Protect Your Dental Health in Farmington Hills
If stress is an issue in your life, and you suspect you might be grinding your teeth, Dr. Askari can help by fitting you with a customized mouthguard. You can contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.