John wrote:Dear Pat,The Grey Badger wrote:> John. I can't speak for men, but have been told that when a woman
> - and especially one with risk factors for heart disease - has a
> feeling of impending doom, it is time to go get her heart checked.
> That even doctors are accepting that feeling as a real symptom
> nowadays. I know your predictions and projections have led you to
> certain conclusions, but the jump between those rational
> conclusions and your feeling that you are going to die this year
> -- please. Go get your heart checked.
Thanks for your concern, but not only do I have a very good doctor,
whom I see regularly, but I'm also part of the "world famous"
Framingham heart study. So as far as any doctor can tell, my heart
is in great shape.
Should I now make some sniggling remark about the differences between
men and women?
Why? Oh. No, the first sentence wasn't a sniggling remark, it was based on the studies I've read that in women, a sense of impending doom has been shown to be an indicator of heart trouble, but no such study has been done on men to my knowledge. That's all. (studies of heart attack indicators in women, which seem to be different from those in men, are in their infancy but moving rapidly ahead. Medical science marches on. I'm grateful.) And at my age and with my mother and most of my paternal ancestors dying of heart failure, this is something I (and my doctor) keep an eye on. But I'm very glad your heart is being looked after well.