Heart disease can refer to several types of heart conditions including coronary heart disease and heart attack. There are several causes for heart disease from high blood pressure ,high cholesterol and smoking. Identifying heart disease symptoms can be vital for controlling it.
1.) Shortness of breath. Shortness in breath is common in people with heart disease. Your breathing and heart pumping are related. Your heart pumps blood so that it can circulate to the tissues as well as also get oxygen from the lungs. If your heart can't pump blood properly, you will experience shortness in breath. Difficulty in breathing after physical exercises can also indicate a problem with your heart valves. Inflammation and weakening of heart muscles also causes shortness in breath.
2.) Chest pain. Chest pain or Angina, is a classic symptom of a heart disease. This painful condition is sometimes a pre symptom of eventual cardiac arrest. Angina manifests itself in various ways including a feeling of heaviness in your chest, pain or a squeezing sensation right in your chest. The pain that you will experience can be short term, constant or sharp pain.
3.) Excessive sweating. Pumping blood through clogged arteries will require more effort by the heart, causing your body to sweat while trying to cool down the body temperature. You may also experience cold sweats. You may also experience excessive night sweats.
4.) Swollen feet. Swollen feet or edema is another indication of a heart disease. When you have heart disease, one or both of your heart lower chambers lose their ability to pump blood properly. As a result, blood can back up in your legs, ankles or hands causing edema. Edema can also occur when tiny blood vessels in your body leak fluids ,which build up in surrounding tissues leading to swelling. If the heart failure is in the right side of your heart, edema can develop in the abdomen.
5.) Fatigue. If performing simple activities that don't require much exertion is causing you to feel exhausted, you maybe suffering from heart disease. Potential heart disease can cause exhaustion due to extra stress on the heart that is trying to pump blood when the blood vessels are clogged. This also causes insufficient blood flow in the body. Unusual fatigue and sleeplessness have been shown to be early signs of heart attack.
6.) Heart palpitations. Palpitations make you feel like your heart is beating too hard or too fast. You may notice palpitations in your chest and throat. However, palpitations are not serious or harmful and often disappear on their own. In rare cases, palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition, especially when they occur with shortness of breath , chest pains, dizziness or fainting.
7.) Difficulty in keeping your hands and feet warm. This condition is also known as arteriosclerosis. Occurs when your major arteries become narrower or even clogged due to build up of plaque as a result of too much cholesterol. As your arteries become clogged, blood flow to and from the arteries become restricted. This causes poor circulation of blood to your hands and feet keeping them from warmth.
8.) Pain in unexpected areas. Discomfort related to heart disease can occur in other parts of your body such as stomach, legs especially calves ,jaws ,arms and lower back. This is due to the narrowing of blood vessels that bring blood to these body parts.
9.) Chronic cough. A cough is usually a symptom of many common illnesses. Persistent cough can be a sign of a fluid build up in your lungs, which is a sign of conjestive heart failure. When you have a heart problem, your heart becomes weak and is not able to keep up with the oxygen demands of your body,as a result, the blood pressure within the heart builds up and causes pressure in the back of your lungs. The fluids builds up in the lungs resulting to persistent cough.
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