In recent years, we’ve started to really understand the risks and dangers of heart disease. As perhaps the most important organ in the body, it’s something we need to look after both now and long into the future.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four deaths in the US is currently a result of heart disease. For both men and women, the problem is growing with coronary heart disease (CHD) as the most common killer (around 370,000 people per year).
By reading this, you’ve taken the first step to caring for your heart and we admire you for this. In this guide, we want to discuss the warning signs and symptoms of heart disease. If you’re at risk of heart disease, immediate medical attention could be the difference between life and death. If you recognize any of these symptoms, seek professional help!
Discomfort/Pain in the Chest
Firstly, your body is normally an effective communicator and chest pain/discomfort isn’t something that should be ignored. If it turns out the pain is just a strain and not a heart disease concern, you can have peace of mind. If the doctor is concerned, they can start you on an immediate treatment plan to help.
If you’re experiencing palpitations, know that there are several reasons why this may be the case. While some experience them after an intense workout, others can blame fluctuating emotions, changes in hormones, and medical conditions. In fact, palpitations can actually be a side effect of taking certain medications.
On the other hand, palpitations can be a sign of heart disease. If you aren’t sure, the best way to find out is to contact your doctor and get assessed.
When the heart is beating at an irregular rhythm, this can lead to lightheadedness, so you need to be aware of this symptom if it keeps occurring. To remedy the problem, the main aim will be to boost the blood supply to the brain. When a blockage is present, your heart will struggle to pump sufficient amounts of blood and this symptom is a known concern prior to a heart attack.
Although the back can ache after a long day at work, prolonged back pain could be a sign of heart problems; this is especially true when in the upper back. As you can see, it’s not just chest pain that suggests heart disease and this is a message that’s important today.
Pain Stretching from Navel to Neck
With heart attacks, it’s known to start with pain and discomfort in the upper body with a particular focus on the area between the navel and neck. Soon enough, chest pains follow and the individual struggles to breathe. If you’re experiencing these symptoms in different levels of intensity and you don’t know the cause, please visit a doctor.
Of course, there are some common causes of indigestion which don’t suggest a serious health problem. Unfortunately, it’s also a sign of heart disease and is a known complication. If you find indigestion is also paired with shortness of breath and weakness, you shouldn’t ignore these symptoms. For others, it comes with heartburn or palpitations and the same is true.
Take Action Today
Prevention will always be better than the cure, so this should be your first course of action with a healthy diet and active lifestyle. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms on a regular basis, seek professional help before it’s too late!
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