Heart diseases are among top mortality factors worldwide. Most of the time, if revealed and treated at an early stage, they can be tackled effectively. This is why it is so important to be aware of major symptoms and visit a doctor as soon as possible if some of them occur.
In many cases, the symptoms are so sophisticated that common people would not even attribute them to heart problems. So read on to know more about implicit dangers, especially, if you are sixty or older. Here is what you should watch out for”
Discomfort in the Chest Area
This is the most commonly known sign of heart danger. You may feel pressure, pain or tightness in the chest. All those are bad symptoms worth paying attention. Actually, the sensation is highly individual, tends to last longer than several minutes and can appear both at rest and during some physical activity.
Not every pain in your chest would be the evidence of heart problems though. If the pain is very brief or increases when you touch its spot, it can hardly be attributed to the heart. You should know also that certain heart problems tend not to cause any pain at all.
Nausea and Discomfort in Stomach
A heart attack can be accompanied by these symptoms aggravated by vomiting and heartburn. Occurring separately, these sensations have nothing to do with your hearth. If you are prone to heart problems though, they are to be investigated more thoroughly.
- Pain Spreading to the Arm
When the pain starts at the chest and then extends to the left side of your body, this is a well known heart attack symptom.
Apart from many other cases, dizziness can result from a sudden blood pressure drop, which in turn can be an evidence that your heart cannot pump the necessary blood flow. If dizziness is accompanied by difficulty in breathing or chest discomfort, call ambulance immediately.
- Throat/Jaw Pain
At first glance, pains in throat and jaw areas have nothing to do with heart problems. In most cases, it is really so. Sometimes, however, chest pains can spread to the throat and jaw area, which is a confirmation sign of heart attack. If this is the case, call ambulance right away.
- Feeling Fatigue Easily
If you are prone to be exhausted quickly, even after a rather light activity like climbing stairs or carrying a bag from a grocery, it is advisable to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Notice, we are not speaking here about an intensive labor or sports. At the same time, unexplained exhaustion after a common daily activity is an important signal that one should not ignore.
Snoring unusually loudly can be a sign of proneness to sleep apnea. This condition is fraught with abrupt breath stops while sleeping, which exposes the heart to extra stress.. Nowadays, there are techniques allowing to treat or minimize this condition effectively. Consult your doctor to know more.
- Swollen Legs and Feet
When your heart cannot pump enough blood flow as it should, your legs, feet and ankles may get swollen. If this is your case, visit a doctor to conduct a detailed study of your cardiovascular system and kidneys.