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The Tell-Tale Signs of Looming Heart Health Problems

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Your heart…

The engine that fires your life…

To perform optimally…

It requires high octane fuel…

Which comes in many forms–from your diet to lifestyle, and so on.

And if you shortchange it…

It will fire warning shots just to let you know all isn’t well…

And it’s critical that you take note of the signals so you can take the right remedial action beforehand…

Because if you don’t, the consequences can be dire!

The fist-sized muscle never gets a break at all–right from when it forms as you take shape in your mother’s womb to the time you go down…

Pumping blood throughout your body to supply your vital organs with oxygen and life-giving nutrients…

This is what keeps you alive and kicking!

Unfortunately, there are so many things that can go wrong with this vital organ.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to some form of heart disease.

Fortunately, if you pay attention to your body and visit your doctor regularly, you’ll be able to avert many potentially deadly issues…

From toe pain to exhaustion

These are warning signs that your heart could be in trouble!

Having open sores or ulcers on your feet can be unbearably painful…

Necessitating immediate medical attention–as they could be a sign of a heart condition called aortoiliac occlusive disease…

Which is the blockage of the aorta–your body’s main blood vessel.

According to vascular specialists at NYU Langone Health, this condition can lead to ischemia–a decrease in the supply of blood and oxygen to the tissues.

Ischemia may cause tissues in the foot to break down, producing open sores or ulcers…

It may also lead to tissue death, or gangrene, which can result in limb loss if not properly treated.

Cramping in your legs is yet another sign…

Muscle cramps happen from time to time–especially during high-intense workouts.

But if you experience pain or cramping in your thighs, buttocks, or calves often while simply taking a stroll, you might want to take note.

According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), this could be another sign of aortoiliac occlusive disease.

And there is more…

Having a cough that won’t seem to go away and produces mucus (sputum) that is pink or white in color could be due to fluid building up in your lungs–a common warning sign of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

And even if it just seems like a bad cold, it’s a good idea to bring it up with your doctor to ensure it isn’t a symptom of an underlying problem.

Pain in your toe adds to the list…

And unless you stubbed your toe or your shoes are too tight, there isn’t much to blame the toe pain on.

So, if you often experience aches in your toes for no apparent reason and notice coldness or numbness in your legs while resting, this could also be yet another indicator of aortoiliac occlusive disease.

You cannot ignore jaw pain

The jaw pain might not seem too serious, but it’s also a common heart attack symptom that’s rarely talked about.

Sometimes, the manifestation of a heart attack or some cardiac event can happen in the jaws, the teeth, and the neck…

And it’s not just on the left side; it can happen on the right side, too, especially for women.

The pain is a sign of something happening right then, at that moment…and it may come and go depending on the severity.

But all the same, it calls for attention.

I hope you’re ready…

Because this one may come as a shock…

Hair loss on your legs!

Having hairless legs might seem cool for some people, but it could be a sign of peripheral arterial disease–a circulatory condition in which plaque builds up in your arteries, reducing blood flow to the limbs.

According to South Carolina’s Mclead Health, one of the symptoms is experiencing hair loss on the legs, resulting in smooth, shiny skin that’s cool to the touch.

This is even more stunning…

Heaviness in your legs.

When you have peripheral artery disease, a lack of blood flow in your legs can make them feel heavy when you’re walking.

It can also cause pain, cramping, numbness, or weakness, according to the Mayo Clinic.

And frequent urination at night could be a symptom of heart failure–again, according to the Mayo Clinic.

So, if you find yourself visiting the bathroom at night more than usual, check in with your doctor to ensure your heart health is in top working order.

Are you still with me?

Let’s move on…

Tightness in your throat.

If you’re experiencing so much tightness in your throat that it’s giving you a persistent sensation that you’re choking, it could be a sign of a heart attack, according to the British Heart Foundation.

Continue keeping the count…

And…rapid weight gain kicks in.

While there are many symptoms of heart failure, rapid weight gain is one that’s little known…

Yet, it’s a sign that your body is retaining fluid due to your heart not pumping optimally.

According to Kaiser Permanente, this rapid weight gain could look like 2-3 pounds in 24 hours or 5 pounds in a week.

Swollen feet, ankles, or legs are also a part of the equation…

Swelling usually signals an injury to an area…

Like a sprained ankle, but that buildup of excess fluid in your tissues could also be a sign of heart failure.

According to the AHA, this occurs when blood gets backed up while trying to return to the heart, causing your tissues to swell.

And, are you aware suddenly breaking into a cold sweat is a red flag?

If you ever suddenly break into a sweat and experience cold, clammy skin, you may be having a heart attack.

The Mayo Clinic says it’s one of the typical symptoms and may or may not be accompanied by chest discomfort or pain.

If you’re not sure why you’re sweating, don’t procrastinate–take action immediately. Your body could be telling you something isn’t right!

Sudden feelings of nausea have also been found to indicate something awry…

It may not be because of something bad you ate–it could be due to a heart attack.

According to the Mayo Clinic, nausea is one of the prime symptoms, along with dizziness. For women, these symptoms can come about during a heart attack even without chest pain.

And for men…

This is big for you!

Erectile dysfunction…

Of course, there are many different things that can cause ED, but one that is little-known is heart disease.

Extra blood is required during an erection, according to the Harvard Medical School.

But if you have clogged arteries, that blood flow is interrupted. So, if you’re having challenges in the bedroom, consult with your doctor to ensure it has nothing to do with your heart health.

What about irregular heartbeat?

While changes in your heartbeat can occur due to anxiety, caffeine, or dehydration…

Anything you notice while you’re resting is likely a sign of an underlying problem.

If your heart starts beating irregularly or super quickly while you’re watching your favorite show or reading a book, see your doctor.

A “thumping” or fluttering feeling in your chest should unsettle you…

Because it’s the most common symptom of atrial fibrillation (AFib).

This is a particular type of irregular heartbeat that occurs when the abnormal firing of electrical impulses causes the atria to quiver, according to AHA.

If you’re experiencing this sensation, see your doctor at once–especially because those who have AFib also have an increased risk of strokes.

The signs are too many… we aren’t done yet…

Arm or shoulder pain.

And while there are many things that could be behind your pain, if it persistently crops up when you exert yourself, and feels better with rest, it could mean a brewing heart problem.

But if you suddenly experience a sharp pain in your arm, back, or shoulder–along with pressure, fullness, or a squeezing feeling in your chest–that could very well be a heart attack.

As if the foregoing isn’t enough…

If you easily feel tired or exhausted during exercise–regardless of how fit you might be–it could be due to a congenital heart defect that just hasn’t been diagnosed.

And while severe ones are detected at birth, mild ones may lie latent until adulthood, according to the Mayo Clinic.

More often than not, general fatigue and tiredness can be a sign of so much more than just a busy schedule and long days at work.

If you’re persistently feeling tired and sapped, it could be a sign of heart failure or coronary artery disease.

Worse yet…

Don’t take confusion or forgetfulness for granted…

Memory loss and impaired thinking could all be signs of heart failure.

According to the AHA, this can occur when there are changing levels of certain chemical elements in your blood.

A change in your sodium levels, for instance, can cause feelings of confusion.

And I can bet abdominal pain never exercises your mind…

But you should know that experiencing abdominal pain when exercising, and then the pain quickly disappears as soon as you rest, could be a signal that you’re developing heart disease. This is according to the Harvard Medical School.

And when you experience chest discomfort, don’t brush it off thinking it’s probably a punishment for eating a greasy meal.

If that discomfort, squeezing, fullness, or even mild pain occurs in the center of your chest and lasts longer than a few minutes, or goes away and returns again…

It could be a warning sign that a heart attack is imminent.

Ever heard of sleep apnea?

It’s a sleep disorder that causes your breathing to stop and start again, waking you up in the middle of the night gasping for breath…

And because the problem prevents you from getting quality sleep, it’s often associated with stroke, heart failure, and high blood pressure, according to the AHA.

And a tractor in bed!!!

Don’t get upset because your partner snores every night–you could be having a heart patient in the bedroom.

According to the Harvard Medical School, snoring is a key sign of sleep apnea.

Luckily, there are ways to address the problem before it snowballs into a major health issue.

To reduce apnea episodes, avoid sleeping on your back, avoid alcohol to relax your throat muscles before bed, and quit smoking if you’re a smoker.

Additionally, panic attacks can be a tell-tale sign…

And they’re tricky because they share symptoms with heart attacks–shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, sweating, a pounding heartbeat, dizziness, and physical weakness.

And since they’re hard to differentiate, the best way to know which is which is to get a diagnosis by a medical professional.

Having a throbbing headache that doesn’t seem to go away is yet another red signal…

Don’t just take some medicine and wish it away!

According to the Mayo Clinic, that head pain could be due to a stroke or a blood clot in your heart–especially if the pain is paired with vomiting and dizziness.

Talking of breathing difficulty while you exercise, at rest, or sleeping…

It could be due to heart disease.

According to the AHA, the problem occurs when blood gets backed up in your veins due to your heart’s inability to produce a powerful flow, which leaks fluid into the lungs, causing breathing issues.

And while many people are on the lookout for a fluttering or racing heart, a slow heart rateaka bradycardia–can also be a sign that something is amiss.

If your heart is beating less than 60 times a minute, check with your doctor.

And while it’s not always a problem, it could be preventing your heart from supplying your body with enough oxygen, leading to dizziness, fainting, chest pains, and other issues, says the Mayo Clinic.

Sometimes heart problems are signaled in unexpected areas of your body, including intense back pain.

If you’ve pain in your lower or upper back that spreads from the chest, it could be a subtle sign of a heart attack, particularly in women.

We’ve tugged a long way and it’s in order to give you time and space to digest what we’ve covered thus far.

The foregoing list is by no means exhaustive…

There are many more signs of looming heart problems, though what’s included here are some of the most common.

If you experience anything unusual in your body…

Don’t take it for granted, because you cannot precisely put a finger on it…

See your doctor to ensure you’re on the right side of your health equation.

In-arguably, you’re your own best doctor, and knowledge is your best medicine!

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