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Ahkami Medical Group, PA
Shahrokh Ahkami, M.D., F.A.C.O.G

110 Passaic Ave. Passaic NJ 07055
tel: (973) 471-9585, fax: (973) 471-8534


The simple science behind cellulite

Cellulite is such a frustrating subject for so many women; it is no wonder that there has been a proliferation of information (and disinformation) on the subject. From "guaranteed treatments," to shoddy, unfounded claims on the nature of the condition, many women don't know what to think. There is a hysteria surrounding the subject that can be defeated by simply sticking to the facts. 

women heart health

It's never too early to start looking out for your heart 

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women (and men) in the United States. But it is important to remember that the risk factors are different for each gender; understanding the particular set of health risks your heart faces is a key way to practice prevention. Let's begin with the symptoms of heart attack in women, which are considerably different from those in men. 

Symptoms of heart attack in women 

Interestingly, the crushing, clenching pain that is most commonly thought of as a heart attack is less likely to occur in women. In fact, women can have a heart attack without any chest pain at all; women are more likely to experience symptoms like the following: 

  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the extremities
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, upper back and abdomen

The big problem here is that because it is more difficult for a woman to identify the classic signs of heart attack, she may not realize it is happening until it is too late. By the time many women seek emergency medical attention, the damage has already occurred. 

Risk factors for heart disease in women

There are many lifestyle factors that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in women. Aside from the standard factors including unhealthy diets, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol smoking and alcohol consumption, there are certain risk factors particular to women including:

  • Stress: A woman's heart is more affected by stress than a man's. 
  • Menopause: hormonal imbalance following menopause can lead to the development of coronary microvascular disease. 
  • Pregnancy complications

Managing your heart health begins with being aware

At Ahkami Medical Group, we want to help each and every woman in our community live the long, healthy life they deserve. Managing your heart health is one of the best ways you can protect yourself as you move forward in age. If you are interested in finding out more about how we can help you reduce your risk for heart disease, give our office in Passaic a call to schedule an appointment today. 

Hormonal imbalance weight gain

Hormonal imbalance in the perimenopause phase is linked to weight gain in the abdomen

Women as young as late-thirties can experience a decrease in the production of progesterone which is sufficient to cause imbalance with her estrogen production. This disparity between progesterone and estrogen contributes to weight gain, especially in the abdomen region. As a double-whammy effect, progesterone is also the hormone which stimulates the thyroid to utilize stored fat as energy. With less progesterone, less of this accumulated fat is being burned. Stress is a further factor which messes with hormones: chronic, high levels of stress cause the increased production of cortisol which also contributes to weight gain, while simultaneously reducing progesterone levels. With all that being said, read below for weighs to naturally boost progesterone levels.


Fitness: we want more of it!

Getting in shape, feeling healthy and strong, mentally excelling; these are addicting feelings because they make us feel so good. And while a regular fitness routine is essential to feeling your best, so is a regular routine of rest. Overtraining is a syndrome that could be said to affect everyone in the fitness world at some point or the other. The idea is that you push past the point at which your body can reasonably repair and rebuild after the exercise input. There is an irony to overtraining because it causes fatigue that hampers your ability to work out; and it can also interfere with restful sleep- that valuable time your body needs most to repair and rebuild. Other symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Elevated anxiety and depression
  • Your body reaps less from a standard work out

Furthermore, by not giving your muscles sufficient time to recover, injury is a likely outcome! 

How to avoid the pitfall of overtraining

There are critical ways that you can prevent your body and mind from falling into the trap of overtraining. First, establish a regular rest schedule. This could mean as much as every other day for beginners and at least once a week for more advanced trainers. Be sure to focus on variety in your routine to prevent the same muscles from becoming perilously overworked. And finally, do whatever it takes to find the full schedule of sleep you need in between workout days. 

Keeping your mind and body balanced

Fitness and mood are inextricably linked. They both affect each other in varying degrees. If your exercise life is taking a toll on your mental health, be sure to take a break and talk to a health professional. At Ahkami Medical Group, we are the Passaic women's resource for achieving true balance and wellness. 

women sleep worse

Why are women more tired than men?

Truth is, there is no definitive answer. Many studies are currently endeavoring to determine why more women report that they have issues sleeping (that is to say, it could be that women are more likely to report sleep deficiencies than men). However, most collected evidence points to the fact that more women suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia and waking disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, than men. 

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Ahkami Medical Group

110 Passaic Ave.
Passaic NJ 07055

973 471-9585

973 471 8534



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