6 warning signs that your heart is not working properly
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die from heart disease in the United States alone each year. Both men and women are affected by heart disease for various reasons related to certain lifestyles. However, there are many more symptoms and warning signs to look out for than just letting us know about heart disease.
Bright Side has collected 8 very common warning signs of heart disease that you should watch out for if you notice them. If you want to see 8 more common warning signs, click here.
- Pain spreading to the arm
Many men suffer from pain in the left hand, while women suffer equally in one or both hands. Some women reported experiencing unusual elbow pain before having a heart attack. This is because the pain in your heart travels to the spinal cord, where many of the nerves in your body are connected, and your brain gets confused and thinks your arm is actually hurting when it’s not.
- Unrelenting cough
A cough can be caused by a variety of problems, and it can be a symptom of cardiovascular disease. A persistent cough that produces pink fluid containing blood is very common in heart failure. However, coughing is a symptom of more serious symptoms such as shortness of breath or sudden shortness of breath.
- Extreme and unusual levels of anxiety
Several studies have shown that people who experience excessive anxiety early in life are more prone to heart disease. Anxiety can be caused by a very stressful lifestyle or various disorders such as panic disorder or phobic anxiety. Some of the effects of anxiety on your heart include tachycardia, increased blood pressure, and decreased heart rate.
- Swollen legs, ankles and feet
When your heart isn’t pumping well, fluid can leak out of your blood vessels into surrounding tissues, causing your legs and feet to hurt the most because of gravity. This is called peripheral edema, and many people with this edema do not have heart disease. However, this is a common symptom among heart patients and you should be aware of it.
- Aversion to food, nausea
Many patients with heart disease experience loss of appetite and/or nausea, even with just a few bites to eat. The reason for this is the accumulation of fluid around the liver and intestines, which interferes with digestion. Abdominal pain is usually followed by these symptoms, and if you experience all of them together, you should see your doctor immediately.
- Skin rashes or unusual spots
Two separate research projects from The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology have shown that eczema and shingles are high risk factors for heart disease. People with eczema are 48% more likely to have high blood pressure and 29% more likely to have high cholesterol. Additionally, people with shingles were 59% more likely to have a heart attack than those without the condition.
- Fainting, Fainting
Dizziness and fainting are common among people with heart disease. When the heart doesn’t pump blood well, it can be caused by blocked arteries or narrowing of the valves. If you ever experience shortness of breath or faint for a short time, call a doctor immediately and have your heart checked.
- Your skin becomes pale or bluish
It’s not one of the most common symptoms, but when it does appear, it can be a sign that your heart isn’t pumping as much blood as it should, due to reduced blood flow and a reduced number of red blood cells. The main cause of this symptom is shock, and the pallor can appear all over your body or in specific parts of your body, such as the limbs. However, if you notice that you are pale, don’t panic. Check to see if you’re in shock or have other problems like anemia.
These symptoms are some of the most common warning signs of heart disease, although not everyone has them. Let us know in the comments section if you found this article useful.