Evidence of a fatty liver is considered almost a guarantee among people who consistently drink heavily. But about 40 percent of people who drink in moderation also may show signs of a fatty liver. When it is not found in combination with cirrhosis or more advanced stages of alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease alone does not typically cause symptoms, so it is possible that many people have the condition without being aware of it.
Wai L. Lee, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursProvidence Arthritis Center Of Portland
5050 NE Hoyt
Portland, OR 97213
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- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons/United Healthcare
- Providence Health Plan
- Regence BC/BS of Oregon
- Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
- Providence Newberg Hospital
- Providence Portland Medical Center
- Providence Seaside Hospital
- Providence St Vincent Medical Center
What is the rate of prevalence for fatty liver disease?
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How is cardiovascular disease different in men and women?
Eric Olsen, Fitness, answeredWe typically think of cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly heart attack, as almost unique to middle-aged or older men, but heart disease is also the number one cause of death among women. It's a woman's disease as well.
Where men and women do differ is in the age at which they tend to show up in their doctors' offices with symptoms of CVD. Whereas men typically begin appearing with symptoms of CVD in their fifties, women generally don't begin showing similar symptoms until their sixties.
Women seem to be somewhat protected from CVD by estrogen, one of the hormones essential to reproduction. Estrogen acts as a vasodilator; that is, it tends to relax blood vessels, opening them up. Thus, even when decades of poor health habits have led to a build-up of plaque in a woman's coronary arteries, thanks to estrogen, the arteries are more likely to remain open, reducing the risk of blockages that shut off blood flow to the heart and cause chest pain or heart attack. Estrogen may also have some beneficial effects on blood cholesterol levels.
Until menopause, that is. Once a woman reaches menopause and her estrogen levels begin to fall, she also begins to lose the protective effects of the hormone. Very quickly, her risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases rises sharply to equal that of men. Because women tend to be older than men when the first symptoms of CVD appear, the disease is also often complicated by other health problems such as diabetes, making effective treatment more difficult. Thus the mortality rate from CVD among women very quickly catches up with that for men.
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Why would I need to see a medical specialist?
You should see a specialist when your primary care physician recommends it. Most health issues can be initially managed by primary care physicians. When it gets more serious or complicated, diabetes, ulcers or colitis, etc., a referral to a specialist could be appropriate.
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