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International Women's Day: Ladies, do not ignore these troublesome symptoms

Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST
  • Do not brush aside symptoms like lingering headaches, weight changes, breathlessness or rapid heart beat as ignoring them could complicate things later. Dr. Sujata Chakravarti, Consultant-General Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi-A Fortis Network Hospital shares all the troublesome symptoms that women should not ignore.
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Women often attempt to balance multiple hats by ignoring issues they consider 'minor'. Health tends to take back seat for us as we sometimes ignore a lingering headache, do not pay attention to breathlessness, rapid heartbeat, changes in menstrual cycles and sudden change in weight. Missing onset of certain diseases could complicate things later. Dr. Sujata Chakravarti, Consultant-General Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi-A Fortis Network Hospital shares all the troublesome symptoms that women should not ignore.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Women often attempt to balance multiple hats by ignoring issues they consider 'minor'. Health tends to take back seat for us as we sometimes ignore a lingering headache, do not pay attention to breathlessness, rapid heartbeat, changes in menstrual cycles and sudden change in weight. Missing onset of certain diseases could complicate things later. Dr. Sujata Chakravarti, Consultant-General Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi-A Fortis Network Hospital shares all the troublesome symptoms that women should not ignore.(Shutterstock)

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Frequent shortness of breath: Do not forget that women are more prone to silent heart attack and its most common symptom is breathlessness and extreme fatigue rather than chest pain. You could also be suffering from anemia or lung disease.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Frequent shortness of breath: Do not forget that women are more prone to silent heart attack and its most common symptom is breathlessness and extreme fatigue rather than chest pain. You could also be suffering from anemia or lung disease.(Shutterstock)

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Chest pain and rapid heart beat: Chest pain, fast heartbeat, pain in arms, shoulders, or jaw, and/or shortness of breath, could signal heart issue. Spontaneous dissection of the arteries that supply the heart muscle—is rare, can affect young people, and occurs more often in women than men.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Chest pain and rapid heart beat: Chest pain, fast heartbeat, pain in arms, shoulders, or jaw, and/or shortness of breath, could signal heart issue. Spontaneous dissection of the arteries that supply the heart muscle—is rare, can affect young people, and occurs more often in women than men.(Shutterstock)

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Sudden weakness: Sudden weakness of the face or limbs may indicate a stroke. Other symptoms include sudden confusion, slurred speech, blurry vision, and difficulty walking. Your family and friends should be aware of these symptoms too, since it may be difficult to recognize them and get immediate help yourself. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Sudden weakness: Sudden weakness of the face or limbs may indicate a stroke. Other symptoms include sudden confusion, slurred speech, blurry vision, and difficulty walking. Your family and friends should be aware of these symptoms too, since it may be difficult to recognize them and get immediate help yourself.

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Changes in menstrual period: You need to visit your doctor if you notice drastic changes in the quantity, duration, flow, and the amount of pain during your menstrual cycle. These changes might be related to normal menopause, or may indicate benign conditions like polycystic ovaries or uterine fibroids. However, occasionally they might point to serious conditions like pelvic infections or even gynecological cancers. You should never delay in consulting your doctor if you notice bleeding after menopause.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Changes in menstrual period: You need to visit your doctor if you notice drastic changes in the quantity, duration, flow, and the amount of pain during your menstrual cycle. These changes might be related to normal menopause, or may indicate benign conditions like polycystic ovaries or uterine fibroids. However, occasionally they might point to serious conditions like pelvic infections or even gynecological cancers. You should never delay in consulting your doctor if you notice bleeding after menopause.(Shutterstock)

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Skin changes: Keep a lookout for sudden changes in your skin. Darkened skin in your armpits and behind the neck or multiple skin tags could be a sign of prediabetes. Crusty, scaly growths could be a precancerous condition like Actinic or Solar Keratosis. Look out for changes in the size, shape, or color of existing moles, as well as watching out for any new spots that may pop up.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Skin changes: Keep a lookout for sudden changes in your skin. Darkened skin in your armpits and behind the neck or multiple skin tags could be a sign of prediabetes. Crusty, scaly growths could be a precancerous condition like Actinic or Solar Keratosis. Look out for changes in the size, shape, or color of existing moles, as well as watching out for any new spots that may pop up.(Pexels)

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Sudden changes in weight: If you suddenly start losing weight without any specific effort, it could be signaling a health problem. The usual causes are overactive thyroid, diabetes, psychological disorders, liver disease, or cancer. Conversely, if you’ve gained weight without changing your diet or activity level, that could indicate an underactive thyroid, depression, or other metabolic diseases.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Sudden changes in weight: If you suddenly start losing weight without any specific effort, it could be signaling a health problem. The usual causes are overactive thyroid, diabetes, psychological disorders, liver disease, or cancer. Conversely, if you’ve gained weight without changing your diet or activity level, that could indicate an underactive thyroid, depression, or other metabolic diseases.(Pexels)

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Abnormal breast lump: The female breast is naturally a little lumpy and bumpy. However, if you notice any lump that sticks to the chest wall or skin, a change in the overlying skin, changes in the appearance of the nipple, do not delay in seeking medical attention. These may be signs of breast cancer.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Abnormal breast lump: The female breast is naturally a little lumpy and bumpy. However, if you notice any lump that sticks to the chest wall or skin, a change in the overlying skin, changes in the appearance of the nipple, do not delay in seeking medical attention. These may be signs of breast cancer.(Pexels)

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Snoring and excess drowsiness: If you are falling asleep at your desk or worse, in your car, it could be due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, where you continually start and stop breathing throughout the night and are snoring loudly. Allowing it to go untreated could lead to cardiovascular problems and weight gain.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Snoring and excess drowsiness: If you are falling asleep at your desk or worse, in your car, it could be due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, where you continually start and stop breathing throughout the night and are snoring loudly. Allowing it to go untreated could lead to cardiovascular problems and weight gain.(Unsplash)

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Excess tiredness: There are multiple reasons to feel tired. However, if you feel constantly drained out, it could signal some underlying metabolic disorder or a serious inflammatory condition like Cancer, Dementia, or Parkinson’s Disease.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Excess tiredness: There are multiple reasons to feel tired. However, if you feel constantly drained out, it could signal some underlying metabolic disorder or a serious inflammatory condition like Cancer, Dementia, or Parkinson’s Disease.(Shutterstock)

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Vision abnormalities: Your vision can blur with age, but if you suddenly have trouble seeing or notice blurred vision in one or both of your eyes, it could be a sign of a stroke. Migraines might cause you to see flashing lights or even colorful auras. But one needs to keep in mind, the same symptom could also mean that your retina has been torn or detached. If the problem isn't addressed promptly, it could lead to permanent blindness.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Vision abnormalities: Your vision can blur with age, but if you suddenly have trouble seeing or notice blurred vision in one or both of your eyes, it could be a sign of a stroke. Migraines might cause you to see flashing lights or even colorful auras. But one needs to keep in mind, the same symptom could also mean that your retina has been torn or detached. If the problem isn't addressed promptly, it could lead to permanent blindness.(Pexels)

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Excess mental stress and anxiety: Everyone’s life is stressful in some way or the other. But that does not mean that it should be ignored. If you find that the levels of stress are too difficult to handle and is interfering with your day-to-day functioning, you must not delay in seeking help from your doctor. One must never ignore mental health.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 07, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Excess mental stress and anxiety: Everyone’s life is stressful in some way or the other. But that does not mean that it should be ignored. If you find that the levels of stress are too difficult to handle and is interfering with your day-to-day functioning, you must not delay in seeking help from your doctor. One must never ignore mental health.(Pexels)

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