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5 Symptoms No Woman Should Ignore

How can you tell if your symptoms are concerning or simply routine? House Call Doctor covers 5 of the most common health symptoms that can be potentially devastating for women.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD
4-minute read
Episode #174

Symptoms #3: Angina

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. 

Most people understand that chest pain can be a potentially concerning symptom, especially in those with risk factors for heart disease (such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking, early family history of heart attacks/strokes, and high cholesterol). 

But did you know that women experiencing ischemia (or a lack of blood flow to the heart due to plaque build-up) typically referred to as “angina” can actually present atypically?  Women may experience chest pain on the right side (rather than the left), or they can experience arm/jaw pain, or even abdominal pain. Any of these signs should be checked out pronto.

Symptom #4: Unintentional Weight Loss

Many of us would be ecstatic to easily shed some extra pounds.  But weight loss that is non-intentional, meaning without you making an effort to lose the weight through diet and exercise, can be concerning. 

Cancer cells often replicate rapidly requiring extra energy. Your body expends this energy in order to meet up with the demands of these abnormal cells, thereby causing weight loss.  Make sure you talk to your doctor if you are losing a significant amount of weight without trying to.

Symptom #5: Fatigue

I have to admit, this one is quite common. 

Women can lead busy, stressful lives, rendering us quite susceptible to fatigue.  Although a vague and common symptom, it can be a sign of something more serious.  Stress, depression, and anxiety are top causes of fatigue. 

But occasionally, I catch a diagnosis of thyroid disorder, anemia, and rarely leukemia by running a blood test on patients who present with fatigue.  I have covered this topic in more detail in a previous episode called Top 9 Causes of Fatigue, so please check it out if you are experiencing this vague symptom.

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only.  This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider.  Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.