10 Signs Your Heart Is Not Working Properly.
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Your body gives you warning signs early on so that you can catch an illness in its early stages or even prevent it altogether and save your life. Here are 10 of the most common red flags that indicate bad heart health:
A cough that won’t quit. A persistent cough can be a symptom of all kinds of health issues, and cardiovascular disease is one of them. For instance, a chronic cough that produces a pinkish bloody liquid is very common in people with heart failure. Despite what it sounds like, heart failure doesn’t mean that the heart completely stops beating. It just means that a person’s heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should be. As a result, the body doesn’t get enough oxygen since it’s carried to all the tissues by the blood.
Nausea and loss of appetite. A lot of heart disease patients show a lack of appetite, nausea, or both, even if they’ve had just a couple bites of food. The reason for that is built-up fluid around the liver and intestines that interferes with proper digestion. These symptoms are usually accompanied by abdominal pain, upset stomach, or feeling bloated. In fact, abdominal cramps that come and go in short spurts are extremely common right before a heart attack.
Your skin becomes paler or takes on a bluish tint. Being naturally pale doesn’t necessarily mean you have a heart condition. But sudden paleness can be a result of reduced blood flow due to a heart that’s not pumping blood as effectively as it should be. Shock, which can be caused by any condition that prevents the blood in your body from circulating properly, is the main reason why people who are suffering from a heart attack or heart failure turn pale all of a sudden.
Chronic or sudden fatigue. Fatigue can be one of the main symptoms indicating an impending heart attack. Women are more likely to experience heart-related fatigue than men, with 70% of female heart attack patients reporting that they’d felt extremely tired before their episode. Physical or mental activity isn’t the reason for such exhaustion, and it increases by the end of the day if it’s due to a failing heart. It’s really hard for this symptom to go unnoticed. Sometimes it’s exhausting just to perform even the simplest tasks, like making the bed or taking a shower.
Pain that spreads to the arm. If their heart isn’t working properly, a lot of men feel pain in their left arm, while women experience the same pain in either or both arms.
Swollen legs, ankles, and feet. When your heart isn’t pumping enough blood through the body, fluid from your blood vessels leaks into surrounding tissues. Your lower extremities are the most affected simply due to gravity.
Extreme levels of anxiety. People who suffer from extreme anxiety from a very early age or most of their life are more prone to developing coronary heart disease.
Light headness or fainting. Feeling lightheaded and experiencing temporary loss of consciousness, also known in the scientific community as “syncope”, is super common among heart patients.
Skin rashes or unusual spots. People with eczema were found to have a 48% chance of suffering from high blood pressure and a 29% possibility of having high cholesterol.
Increased perspiration. People experience flu-like symptoms, have clammy skin, and sweat regardless of the air temperature or physical exertion.
Talk to your physician if you have any of these symptoms.