Every year, heart disease kills up to 18 million people of all ages. Heart disorders are often disguised as a slight indisposition or features of the body. Here is a list of the not always obvious symptoms that indicate possible heart disease. People who are overweight, with diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol level should be especially attentive to these signs.
1. Chest Pain
Someone feels a slight pain, others may complain of pressure or burning pain. In any case, if you sometimes feel some unusual sensations in your chest, you need to go to the therapist as soon as possible and get an electrocardiogram and heart ultrasound. There is also good news, in 80–90% of cases, chest pain is not connected with heart problems.
2. Appetite Loss, Nausea, and Stomachache
Sometimes problems with digestion are triggered by the fact that the digestive system receives less blood than usual. A deteriorated blood flow is a sign of poor heart function.
If you are nauseated for no apparent reason, and especially if you experience chest discomfort and other symptoms from this list, you should immediately visit a cardiologist!
3. Spreading Pain in the Left Hand
Heart nerves and nerves of the left hand send signals to the same area of the brain. As a result, the brain doesn’t always correctly understand what exactly hurts, the heart or limb.
If severe pain in the left hand occurs for no apparent reason, this is a matter of concern. Doctors call it the classic symptom of a heart attack. The American Heart Association recommends to immediately call 911 if you suddenly feel pain in the left hand, and it doesn’t go away or increases in a few minutes.
4. Rapid or Irregular Heartbeat
This is normal if your heart is skipping a beat after intense training or running but it’s not normal if irregular heartbeat occurs without any reason. If you also feel that your heart is missing a beat, this is a sure sign of a problem. You should immediately visit a cardiologist.
5. Jaw or Tooth Pain
Here is another example of mistaken pain, when the brain can’t identify what exactly hurts, the heart or teeth. Fortunately, tooth or jaw pain most commonly is caused by less dangerous things such as tooth decay or jaw injuries. But if there is no problem with your teeth and jaws but your teeth ache regularly, you should consult a cardiologist. In clinical practice, there were cases when dentists removed teeth in people, trying to put them out of pain which was actually linked to heart diseases.
6. Constant Fatigue
A weak heart can’t provide proper blood circulation. Organs and tissues begin to experience nutrient and oxygen deficiencies. The body reduces blood supply to less important organs such as limbs and supplies the blood to the more important ones like the heart, brain, and lungs. It becomes difficult for a person to perform usual actions. If this symptom is familiar to you and lasts for several days and longer, you should visit a cardiologist.
7. Leg Swellings
The lymph flow disturbs due to poor blood circulation in the limbs and causes bad removal of fluid from the tissues. This condition most commonly affects legs. Fluid accumulates under the skin and this leads to swellings. If leg swelling is your constant problem, you need to immediately consult a therapist or cardiologist.