Holy Hormones Honey! According to a pharmacist in Boulder, CO estrogen (oestrogen in U.K.) in high levels is one of the biggest poisons we are exposed to. Add birth control and HRT to that and no wonder women experience so many diseases – from extreme anxiety and depression to cardiac problems.
“Another possible cause of cardiac syndrome X is changing oestrogen levels — menopausal women are particularly at risk of the condition, explains Professor Collins.
“This condition affects around nine women for every one man,’ he explains.
“The peak ages affected are 50 to 55-year-olds, around the time of the menopause.
“‘In fact, we believe it could be caused by a drop in levels of the hormone oestrogen.’
“One theory is that this drop in hormones acts as a trigger for those who are susceptible.”
My ‘heart attack’ lasted for 14 years: Crippling chest pain almost wrecked Dorothy’s marriage – and it was all down to her mid-life hormones
By Kate Wighton
PUBLISHED: 18:35 EST, 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 06:19 EST, 13 November 2012
The 60-year-old suddenly developed crushing chest pains when she was 42 — and the pain stayed with her 14 years.
Initially, she was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack, but further tests revealed her arteries were free of blockages, and perfectly normal.
Indeed, the mother-of-two had previously been ‘fit as a fiddle’ and led an active life.
However, the crippling chest pain persisted.
‘It would stay for two or three weeks and then it would vanish for a month or so,’ says the nursery manager from Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
‘It was sometimes so severe that I couldn’t even get up to boil the kettle.
‘It felt like someone’s fist was constantly pressing down on my chest.
‘I kept going back to the doctors but they just didn’t know what was wrong with me.
‘They kept giving me pain medication but it didn’t work.’
Within months, the active wife and mother of two was in such pain that she had ‘no quality of life’.
This continued for over a decade until doctors finally found the cause, and she was able to have effective treatment.
Dorothy’s problem? Cardiac syndrome X. This disorder causes intense crushing pain in the chest, identical to that caused by a heart attack or angina.
However, unlike these other problems, where a blockage in the blood supply deprives the heart muscle of oxygen, there is no obvious physical cause for the chest pain in cardiac syndrome X.