10 Possible Signs & Symptoms Of Heart Disease You Must Ignore
If you notice something wrong with your heart, How would you know it?
Not all heart problems come with obvious warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch accompanied by a fall to the floor as you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even occur in your chest, and it’s not always straightforward to tell what’s going on.
“If you’re not sure, get it checked out,” says Charles Chambers, MD, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute.
That’s particularly true if you are 60 or older, are overweight, or have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, says Vincent Bufalino, MD, an American Heart Association spokesman. “The more risk factors you have,” he says, “the more you should be concerned about anything that might be heart-related.”
Especially watch out for these problems Listed below:
1. Chest Discomfort
It’s the most obvious sign of heart danger. If you have a blocked artery or are having a heart attack, you may feel pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest.
“Everyone has a separate word for that feeling,” Chambers says. “Some people say it’s like an elephant is sitting on them. Other people say it’s like pinching or burning.”
The feeling lasts typically longer than a few minutes. It may appear when you’re at leisure or when you’re doing something physical.
If it’s just a pretty brief pain — or if it’s a spot that hurts more when you touch or push on it — it’s not your heart, Chambers says. You should still get it checked out by a doctor. If the symptoms are more severe and don’t go elsewhere after a few minutes, you should call for help.
Also, bear in mind you can have heart problems — even a heart attack — without chest pain. That’s unusually common among women.
2. Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain
Some people have these indications during a heart attack. They may even vomit, Chambers says.
Women are more inclined to report this type of symptom than men are.
Of course, you can have an upset stomach for many reasons that have nothing to do with your heart. It could just be something you ate, after all. But you need to be aware that it can also happen during a heart attack.
So if you feel this way and you’re at risk for heart problems, let a doctor find out what’s going on, particularly if you also have any of the other symptoms on this list.
3. Pain that Spreads to the Arm
Another typical heart attack symptom is pain that radiates down the left side of the body.
“It almost constantly starts from the chest and moves outward,” Chambers says. “But I have had some patients who have chiefly arm pain that turned out to be heart attacks.”
4. You Feel Dizzy or Lightheaded
A lot of stuff can make you lose your balance or feel faint for a moment. Maybe you didn’t have plenty to eat or drink, or you stood up too fast.
But if you quickly feel unsteady and you also have chest discomfort or shortness of breath, call a doctor right away.
“It could mean your blood pressure has lowered because your heart isn’t able to pump the way it should,” Bufalino says.
5. Throat or Jaw Pain
By itself, throat or jaw pain seemingly isn’t heart-related. More likely, it’s prompted by a muscular issue, a cold, or a sinus problem.
But if you have pain or pressure in the center of your chest that spreads up into your throat or jaw, it could be a sign of a heart attack. Seek medical attention to make sure everything is all right.
6. You Get Exhausted Easily
If you abruptly feel fatigued or winded after doing something you had no difficulty doing in the past — like climbing the stairs or carrying groceries from the car — have a meeting with your doctor right away.
“These types of significant variations are more important to us that every little ache and pain you might be feeling,” Bufalino says.
Extreme exhaustion or unexplained weakness, sometimes for days at a time, can be a symptom of heart disease, mainly for women
It’s normal to snore a little while you snooze. But surprisingly loud snoring that sounds like a gasping or choking can be a sign of sleep apnea. That’s when you stop breathing for brief moments several times at night while you are still sleeping. This puts additional stress on your heart.
Your doctor can check whether you need a sleep study to see if you have this condition. If you do, you may need a CPAP machine to smooth out your breathing while you sleep.
Breaking out in a cold sweat for no apparent reason could signal a heart attack. If this occurs along with any of these other symptoms, Go to the nearest hospital right away. Don’t try to drive yourself.
9. A Cough That Won’t Quit
In utmost cases, this isn’t a sign of heart trouble. But if you have heart disease or know you’re at risk, pay appropriate attention to the incident.
If you have a long-lasting cough that provides a white or pink mucus, it could be a sign of heart failure. That happens when the heart can’t keep up with the body’s demands, causing blood to leak back into the lungs.
Ask your doctor to check on what’s causing your cough.
10. Your Legs, Feet, and Ankles Are Swollen
This could be a sign that your heart doesn’t pump blood as efficiently as it should.
When the heart can’t pump fast enough, bloodlines up in the veins and causes bloating.
Heart failure can also cause it harder for the kidneys to remove extra water and sodium from the body, which can lead to bloating.
11. Irregular Heart Beat
It’s common for your heart to race when you are nervous or excited or to skip or add a beat once in a while.
But if you feel like your heart is beating out of time for more than just a few seconds, or if it occurs often, tell your doctor.
“In most cases, it’s caused by something that’s easy to fix, like too much caffeine or not enough sleep,” Bufalino says. But occasionally, it could signal a condition called atrial fibrillation that needs treatment. So ask your doctor to check it out.