Dr. Volgman shares how a woman's heart is affected by an inactive lifestyle.
Even women who have good cholesterol and no risk factors, if you are inactive, your heart rates are a little bit higher. And let’s say you have some blockages that are developing, and all of a sudden, you need to catch a bus or something happens to your child or a loved one that makes your heart rate and blood pressure go up.
If you are not exercising, your body doesn’t know how to deal with that faster heart rate and blood pressure, so it maintains that higher level of blood pressure and heart rate for a much longer period of time. And after that, it can cause a heart attack because if you are constantly going fast and blood pressure is high, that will increase the burden on your heart, and so it can cause a heart attack if you are not used to exercising.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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