Six Signs Of An Unhealthy Heart You Need To Know

Heart Health should be paid the most important priority as the heart is the key organ in the circulatory system pumping oxygenated blood to various organs.

Dr. Mukesh Goel, Senior Consultant, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

Our heart is the key organ in the circulatory system pumping oxygenated blood to various organs. People mostly ignore or are not aware of the symptoms of an approaching heart attack or cardiac ailment.

Heart Health should be paid importance too, with an observation on the below-mentioned signs and symptoms:

Chest pain is just one of the many overlooked signs

Chest pain is one of the most common signs of an approaching cardiac ailment. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, burning, tightness, or pain in the center of the chest should be reported to the doctor. Many times these symptoms are confused with gastritis and heartburn.

Shortness of breath

Unexplained shortness of breath that occurs after small amounts of physical activity could indicate an underlying cardiac ailment. Shortness of breath while speaking and without much physical activity. One should note that “failure” does not mean that your heart stops beating or working — it means the heart does not pump blood strongly enough to meet the body’s needs. Women are more likely to suffer/report shortness of breath when dealing with heart troubles.

Sleep Apnea

Common symptoms for sleep apnea include loud and frequent snoring, it can affect more than just a good night’s rest. Many times people with sleep apnea experience an interruption in natural breathing, as their bodies detect a lack of oxygen leading to tightening of blood vessels, causing a knee-jerk gasping for air. The subsequent rise in adrenaline levels can lead to high blood pressure, causing a heart attack.

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Sweating Profusely

Sweating more than usual and without any physical activity: especially if you aren’t exercising or being active — could be an early warning sign of heart problems. If someone is sitting and suddenly starts sweating profusely, it could be a sign of an oncoming heart attack.

Unexplained Fatigue

Reports suggest that excessive, chronic fatigue can be an early indication of heart failure. Doctors suggest talking to a doctor about the possibility of heart disease if regular tasks that used to be easy, like climbing the stairs, are becoming difficult and exhausting.

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Jaw Pain

Pain in the chest and upper arm area is what most people typically associate with heart problems. However, pain in the neck or jaw is a potential point of angina — pain or discomfort when the heart lacks oxygen-rich blood. Women are more likely to exhibit these symptoms than men, but if the symptoms persist it is advisable to consult a doctor.

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