Women's Heart Advisor January 2019 Issue

A Serious, Often-Overlooked Vascular Disease in Women

The swooshing sound known as pulsatile tinnitus can be the key to diagnosing FMD. “Many patients describe it as sounding like a washing machine. It’s different than the buzzing or high-pitched ringing sounds that patients with tinnitus typically experience,” Dr. Hornacek explains.

A Serious, Often-Overlooked Vascular Disease in Women

Fortunately, women diagnosed with fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) in their senior years tend to do fairly well.

More than 90 percent of FMD patients are women, and the vast majority are diagnosed in their 40s and 50s. But Cleveland Clinic researchers recently discovered that some patients are age 65 or older before the first symptoms of FMD appear. In this age group, the disease tends to be less serious and less likely to cause symptoms than when it's diagnosed at a younger age.

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