Friday, March 26, 2010

Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD)

With Fibromuscular Dysplasia in millions of fit women, a routine run can suddenly turn into a race to the emergency room. Could you be at risk with a hidden threat to your arteries? Here is what every exerciser must know to protect her health.
Fibromuscular Dysplasia , a disease of the arteries that most people have never heard of, though it may affect as many as 5 million otherwise healthy women in the United States more than breast cancer does. Exercise doesn't cause the condition, but it can contribute to it. By raising a woman's heart rate and increasing the stress on her artery walls, strenuous physical exertion may aggravate the often symptomless disease, causing fragile arteries to tear and leading to a stroke, heart attack and even death. "If you workout, especially if you go at it long and hard, you need to get checked for FMD" says Dr. Olin, D.O. at Mount Sinai school of Medicine.
In people with Fibromuscular Dysplasia - about 85% are women ages between 15 to 60- arteries grow abnormally, but turns narrow and enlarged. This can occur anywhere in the body, but 75% of the time it is in the kidneys, followed by the neck, abdomen, limbs and heart.
No one knows what causes the disease. Because it's seen in women before they hit menopause, some experts believe that female hormones Estrogen is an obvious suspect.
When you are exerting yourself your cardiac output is higher, your blood pressure is higher and the whole system is under great stress. Many people with FMD get headaches, pain in the abdomen, chest or limb
Symptoms of fibromuscular dysplasia
IN YOUR KIDNEYS
-Headache, especially during exercise.
-Side Pain
-Unresolved or uncontrolled blood pressure

IN YOUR NECK
-Ringing sound in the ears
-Severe Headaches
-Pain in neck and shoulder
-Stroke symptoms ( loss of vision in one eye)

IN YOUR ABDOMEN, LIMBS AND HEART
-Pain in these areas
-Shortness of breath or fatigue
-Unintended weightloss

Remember Fibromuscular Dysplasia can lead to other health problems if its detection is delayed. Share Health|Fitness
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