Modern lifestyle and day to day stress has made heart diseases one of the leading health risk people face today. The heart disease comprises of-
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Heart failure
- Infections related to heart
Most people think that the symptoms of heart disease are obvious- a sudden, crushing feeling in the chest and shooting pains down the arm followed by a fall on the floor. But you may develop heart disease without even knowing it, as some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest.
Knowing the hidden signs of heart disease is crucial to get early treatment and prevent more serious health issues. Thus, we have put together this quick guide to six of the most alarming hidden signs with their medical reasons which signifies that all is not well with your ticker.
- Light Headedness and dizziness
Random dizziness or feeling faint can signpost the problems like an irregular heart rhythm or even a heart attack
Medical Reason– Drop in Blood pressure or an abnormal heart rate can cause reduced blood supply to brain.
- Reduced tolerance to exercise
Struggling with physical activities that you previously found easy could be an indication that your heart is struggling.
Medical Reason– When your heart becomes unhealthy, it is less effective at pumping oxygen-rich blood to your muscles, and so physical activity becomes harder.
- Spontaneous sweating
Perspiring at random moments, like while sitting or relaxing, could be an indication of heart disease.
Medical Reason– Heart problem can result in over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system which can make you sweat at unexpected times.
- Memory Loss
Memory loss and befuddled thinking is an understated sign, might first be noticed by friends or family before you do.
Medical Reason– Heart problem may cause restricted blood flow to the brain leading to injury to the brain cells resulting in memory loss.
- Swelling in feet
Your feet might feel sore and visibly swollen with no obvious explanation. This may go together with sudden weight gain.
Medical Reason– If your heart is not pumping well, the blood returning to the heart gets backed up causing the fluid to accumulate in the tissues of the legs, ankles and feet.
- Non-chest pain
Chest pain is not the only sign of Heart problem. The pain can also be felt in shoulders, arms, elbows, jaw or neck.
Medical Reason-It is termed as referred pain, i.e. a person feels pain in an area away from the actual source of the pain. This can occur when strong pain stimulus running along nerves overpower nearby nerves, causing pain to be felt elsewhere.
Prevention remains the best cure whether you have symptoms or not. So, follow simple steps like no smoking, eat good, do exercise, stay healthy and your heart will remain healthy.