Posted October 14, 2019 17:22:39When you think about it, most people’s heart is at rest.
But that doesn’t mean it’s all going to stop beating when you’re in hospital.
A new study from the University of Melbourne has found that in some situations, a woman’s heart may stop beating.
For example, a man might be given a blood transfusion or have a procedure done to stop a heart attack.
But while a woman might not be able to keep a regular blood pressure or heart rate steady, she can still stop the heart’s beating when it’s needed.
“When we do that, we’re doing a really good job of protecting the heart,” Dr John Macdonald from the Institute of Heart and Cardiovascular Medicine at the University said.
“We’re also protecting the brain, because we’re able to slow the heart down by slowing the heart beat.”
Dr Macdonald says there are several reasons why a woman may have to be hospitalized.
“The first thing that’s going to happen is the person will lose the ability to breathe,” Dr Macdonald said.
And there are a number of other health risks associated with that.
“Heart failure is a very serious condition,” Dr MacDonald said.
For women with pre-existing heart disease, there is a risk of an attack when the blood flow slows in the chest.
“There’s an increased risk of heart failure with preterm births, for example,” Dr Macintosh said.
But women who are already healthy and can hold their own in a fight-or-flight scenario, can stop the blood from flowing in their chest.
And Dr Macoffield says that’s the only time a woman should worry about the risks of a heart operation.
“If you’re not in a serious emergency, then you don’t have to worry about that,” he said.
The findings of the study were published in the journal Heart.