Every year, hundreds of thousands of people succumb to heart-related diseases – and that’s in the US alone. According to the CDCP, that number averages around 600,000.
That’s 600,000 people who lose their lives mostly because they couldn’t read the signs their body was giving them. Yes, some of those deaths can’t be prevented, but most can.
There are many, many heart-related signs our body gives us and most of them go unnoticed because no one taught us how to read them. This is a list of most common signs that show your heart is not working right.
Lack of appetite followed with constant nausea
Heart disease is usually accompanied by nausea and(or) lack of appetite. The reason why this happens is the fluid buildup around your liver and intestines that interferes with digestion.
If you experience these signs followed by abdominal pain, you need to visit a doctor immediately.
Unusual levels of anxiety
Several studies conducted by the American Heart Association have shown that people who deal with severe anxiety in their early ages have higher risks of developing heart-related diseases.
This can be triggered by panic or stressful lifestyle, and the signs that accompany this are decreased heart rate, increased blood pressure and tachycardia.
Loss of consciousness
Heart patients are quite familiar with fainting or loss of consciousness. This happens when their heart is not pumping blood well because of a narrowed valve or a clogged artery.
The clear giveaway signs are shortness of breath and fainting/loss of consciousness. If you experience this, call a doctor right away.
Pale or bluish skin color
Anything that might be wrong with your inside will find a way to manifest on the outside. These reasons are some of the most common and they happen because of reduced blood flow, low blood cell count or your heart is just not pumping hard enough.
This may occur due to severe shock and the paleness can show up on your entire body or just parts of it. However, consult a doctor. You might be suffering from other issues such as anemia.
Unusual markings or skin rashes
According to studies, 59% of people with shingles are more likely to have a heart attack than people without them. 48% of people with eczema who suffer from high blood pressure and 29% with high cholesterol.
Throbbing pain going through spreading through your arm
Women and men experience heart-related issues differently, and most men experience pain in the left arm, whereas women can experience pain in either of their arms.
The main culprit for this is blood traveling to the spinal cord where nerve endings connect and your brain thinks that that’s your arm – this ends up hurting in your arm, which is one of the leading symptoms of a heart attack.
Cardiovascular (heart-related) diseases can be accompanied with persistent coughing. If your coughs contain a liquid substance with blood, your heart might be failing.
Nevertheless, this is a smaller symptom of dyspnea – difficult breathing, shortness of breath. If you experience this, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
Swollen feet, ankles and legs
The most common place of swelling is in your legs and that happens because of gravity. They swell when the hurt is not pumping well and blood vessel fluid escapes into the surrounding tissue.
This is common among people who have no heart-related issues, but it’s also a common symptom among people with cardiovascular issues, which is why you must talk to a doctor.
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