10 Proven Signs of Heart Health Problems
In recent years, researchers have done much work investigating symptoms which patients experienced in months and even years before a heart attack. They have confirmed that the heart, together with veins and arteries, which feed it, is a single whole, and when it starts to fail, the symptoms can manifest in various parts of the body. Here are 10 proven signs that your heart needs a checkup. Any of them, especially if more than one is present, should send you to a doctor for tests.
If you feel like having the flu, which doesn’t go away, it can be a sign of a heart problem. The reason to this is a lack of oxygen. The heart is straining to deliver oxygenated blood to the body, making you feel tired.However, if fatigue is the only manifestation, don’t conclude that you have a heart problem based on it alone. Better,seek medical advice.
Swollen ankles and feet can indicate that the heart is pumping blood inefficiently and can be a sign of heart failure. Heart valves that don’t close normally can also result in swelling. While foot swelling canbe on account of other health reasons, such as varicosis, arthritis or pregnancy, when this symptom is heart-related it is typically accompanied by other manifestations, including shortness of breath and fatigue.
Erectile dysfunction is one of the major early signs of progressive heart disease.Cardiologists from St. Michael’s Medical Center, NJ confirm that any man that comes with ED should be considered a heart patient until proven otherwise. Since arteries that lead to genitalia are smaller than those leading to the heart, ED can manifest long before any other sign of arterial stiffness.
Lack of oxygen can also give rise to ongoing weakness and fatigue. In women, bad blood flow to the genitalia impedes arousal and causes difficulty with orgasm. Therefore, it’s wise to see your family physician, not just urologist or gynecologist, to assess all possible causes of sexual dysfunction.
The primary cause of snoring is obstruction of airflow down the airway during sleep, which is linked to all types of cardiovascular problems. Loud snoring, that sounds like gasping, grunting or choking, can be a sign of sleep apnea, in which breathing stops for brief moments during sleeping. Sleep apnea in its turn puts additional stress on the heart and therefore is linked to a higher risk of myocardial infarction. This happens because sleep-disordered breathing reduces oxygen supply to the heart (hypoxemia). Therefore, it’s better to have a sleep study to see whether you suffer from this condition.
Dizziness or light the adedness.
While there are many things that can make you lose balance for a moment, like getting up too quickly or overworking in the gym, if you suddenly and with no obvious reason feel unsteady or dizzy, especially if it occurs regularly, it can be a sign of a heart problem. The spinning sensation can be the result of arterial hypo-tension (a drop in blood pressure) due to blockage in the arteries, or by faulty heart valves that cannot maintain blood pressure. If you suddenly feel unsteady and the symptom is accompanied with shortness of breath or chest discomfort, address to your family physician right away.
Irregular heart rhythm. Feeling like your heart is beating too fast, pounding too hard or is skipping beats is a tell-tale sign that something is wrong with your heart. Most commonly, the cause of irregular heart rhythm is coronary artery disease, which restricts the flow of blood to the heart, straining the heart’s electrical system that keeps the heart rhythm regular and coordinates it with other bodily functions. Irregular rhythm can also indicate heart failure as the weakened heart overcompensates by beating faster and harder.
If you feel your heart pounding or racing when you fall asleep at night, don’t ignore it. A pounding heartbeat can indicate a faulty heart valve, low blood pressure, as well as anemia, low blood glucose and many other health problems. Do not simply try to adjust to the sound or change the sleeping position so as not to hear it, talk to your family physician about it so he can find out the reason.
Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea and indigestion.
These symptoms are more ascribable to women, although may be experienced by men as well during a heart attack. Some people may even vomit. Of course these symptoms may have nothing to do with the heart, but you should be aware that they can manifest during a heart attack, especially if you are at risk for a heart problem. So, if you feel that way and have any other signs on the list, let doctors find out what is going on.
Chest discomfort and pain.
When an artery is blocked or you are having a myocardial infarction, you may feel tightness, pressure or pain in the chest. A deep-seated pain or constriction in the chest, which may worsen when taking in a breath, is a sign of angina. Angina is often overlooked as it has no strict symptoms and is often mistaken for heartburn or indigestion if pain occurs lower in the abdominal area. Pain and tightness may also be felt in the jaw, neck, arm, shoulder or upper back, where it can be mistaken for a strained muscle. Angina’s only distinctive feature is that the symptoms are experienced repeatedly rather than having one isolated episode.
Shortness of breath.
It is an early sign that something is wrong with the heart.Shortness of breath happens because when the heart isn’t pumping efficiently enough, there is less oxygen circulating in the blood. You may feel like being unable to catch breath, or like you do at high altitude, or feel compression in the lungs and chest, making it difficult to take a deep breath. Another sign of poor blood circulation can be labored breathing which happens when fluid accumulates in the lungs. If your breathing problems get worse at night or when you simply lie down,seek medical advice.
Richard Johnson is a health enthusiast. He likes writing on topics related to heart health and contributes to http://www.CardioGod.com – an informative website about heart problems.Follow CardioGod onFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest.