According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 610.000 people die of heart related problems each year in the United States alone. Both men and women are afflicted by heart disease due to a number of different reasons that are connected with a certain lifestyle. However, there are many signs and warnings that can inform us about heart problems that we should take action against, not only be aware of.
We have collected 8 very common heart disease signs that you should pay attention to if you notice them. You should also go and see your doctor immediately if you find something out of tune.
8. Arm Pain
Women will usually experience this pain in both arms while men will experience the same type of pain in only their left arm. Pain can also occur for women in their elbows immediately prior to becoming afflicted with an actual heart attack. When the constriction of the heart muscles occurs and causes overwhelming pressure in the body, the pain manifests itself in the region of the spinal cord where there is a myriad of connected nerves. The brain usually reads this as arm pain when it is a full-blown heart attack that is occurring.
7. Persistent Coughing
Although chronic coughing can be a symptom of a number of different things, when it is directly related to heart disease a blush-color discharge will follow which is a sign of possible heart failure. The best advice is to not ignore this as some other minor issue. Go see your doctor and let him give you a thorough checkup to determine if heart problems exist.
6. Leg, Ankle, and Feet Swelling
Many of the reasons why heart disease occurs is because the organ is not pumping at the rate that is should be pumping blood throughout the body’s system. When this happens, it creates leakage into the surrounding tissue. This extra blood is a victim to gravity and immediately flows down to the lower appendages—legs, ankles, and feet. This creates what is known as edema which is a severe swelling of these areas of the body directly related to heart disease.
5. Nausea and Lack of Appetite
When heart disease progresses, it creates a build-up of fluid around major organs including the liver and intestines. These are directly related to the digestive functions of the human body. So, if they are not able to work properly due to fluid build up around them, the result will be feeling nauseous when you are eating or directly afterward, or even an inability to keep food down leading to pain in the stomach region. It can also result in not having an appetite at all even if you have not eaten for hours and even days.
4. Heightened Anxiety
Over the years, researchers who have studied individuals with high levels of anxiety throughout their life have been found to develop heart disease more readily than individuals who make a conscious effort to live a relatively stress-free life. For people who suffer from anxiety disorders, this can lead to elevated blood pressure, chest pains, and even a reduction in heart rate leading to tunneled or blurred vision. All of these are related to the onset of heart disease.
3. Blackouts/Fainting Spells
One of the most common reasons for damage to the heart and its surrounding vessels is the additional work that a heart must do to try to pump blood through a blocked artery or a valve that has become constricted and narrowed. The result is less oxygen is circulating throughout the body causing lightheadedness, shortened breaths, and sometimes fainting or blacking out. This is cause to see a doctor immediately.
2. Change in Skin Color
This is also related to a reduction is proper blood flowing through the body leading to a deficiency in red blood cell production. Your body can go into a form of shock because of this and will eventually lead to some form of anemia. This is when you elicit a pale or translucent appearance either in certain areas or on your entire body. It will also lead to extreme fatigue and should be diagnosed by your doctor.
According to Science Daily, 1 out of 3 people in the U.S. will develop shingles in their lifetime. This is an important statistic since research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology names shingles as one of the leading factors related to heart problems with nearly 60% of sufferers experiencing heart attacks. Another skin problem that is also related to heart disease is eczema which causes high blood pressure and increased “bad” cholesterol in people who suffer from it.
If you keep these warning signs in mind and know that alleviating the factors that cause heart disease is the best prevention, then you will have more assurance of leading a healthier and longer life.