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Surprising Signs of Heart Disease Most People Ignore

The phrase "silent killer" is appropriate when referring to cardiovascular disease. According to Harvard Medical School, more than half of all heart attacks are initially misdiagnosed. The most obvious signs of heart disease include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea, but there are additional, less obvious signs to look out for as well. Don't stop reading; learning to recognize these signs could save your life.

Pain in the jaw and the upper neck that spreads

Not only can chest pain be a symptom of a heart problem, but there are many more. Pain in the jaw or neck could indicate a heart attack or another cardiovascular issue. If you have chest pain that radiates to your jaw and neck, it may be a sign of heart trouble or arrhythmia.

Pain in the jaw or neck that gets worse with exercise and becomes better when resting may be an indication of cardiac difficulties, however chest pain, shortness of breath, and sweating are more typical. In the event that you are suffering pain in your jaw or neck, you should see a doctor right once.

Sex-related discomforts

Researchers have found that heart disease can have a significant effect on the lives of people of both sexes.

Male erectile dysfunction (ED) has been linked to cardiovascular issues and vascular damage. As a result of arterial hardening or endothelial dysfunction, blood arteries lose their natural elasticity and cannot expand and contract as needed. Endothelial dysfunction and decreased blood flow to the penis have been linked to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

Researchers showed that in 2007, 87% of women with heart failure had sexual dysfunction. Vaginal dryness, sexual pain, and a lack of interest were among the symptoms mentioned. Endothelial dysfunction is the root cause of these symptoms, which manifest as poor blood flow, arterial plaque formation, blockages, and heart attacks.

Calf cramps and leg cramps are two forms of the

Pain or discomfort in the legs while walking may be an indication of a heart disease. If you experience numbness, tingling, or cramping in your calves when walking, peripheral artery disease may be to blame (PAD). When you have PAD, your arteries constrict and blood flow to your organs and limbs decreases.

Additional symptoms of PAD include a lack of hair growth, skin color abnormalities, and leg ulcers. Common symptoms include calf soreness during exercise that subsides after rest. Blocking blood flow to the legs from the heart can lead to heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries). PAD may be caused by atherosclerosis.

Approximately half of all Americans have atherosclerosis without knowing it, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Calf cramps, soreness, numbness, or discomfort while walking could be signs of heart disease and should prompt a visit to the doctor.

Bad breath is a fourth indication of poor hygiene.

If bad breath is linked to heart disease, why is that? The cause is gum disease. Gum disease has been connected to atherosclerosis, clot development, heart attacks, and strokes, as reported by Dentistry IQ.

Persons with gum disease are at increased risk for cardiovascular issues. The primary cause of foul breath is the buildup of bacteria on the tongue, teeth, and gums.

The AARP asserts that artery plaque and stroke can result from gum disease and bleeding. As a result, bacteria and viruses floating about in your bloodstream may raise your risk of cardiovascular disease by increasing inflammation in your blood vessels.

Periodontal disease, often known as gum inflammation, is a major cause of tooth loss and associated suffering. This is because bacteria called plaque live in the cracks and crevices of your teeth and cause the problem. Without regular brushing and flossing, bacteria, food particles, and other particles can accumulate on your teeth and gums and cause a sticky film called plaque to form.

When the normal flora of the mouth shifts to the gums and teeth, it can cause a disease called periodontitis. This will cause redness and swelling of your gums. If this happens, the gums will become red, swollen, and painful.

It is the bacteria's next step to deteriorate the gums and bone that support the teeth. Possible outcomes include tooth decay and jawbone atrophy. You could end up with loose teeth and severe difficulties eating and swallowing.

Get checked out by a doctor if your heart health is a worry. They have the training to diagnose your illness and suggest a treatment plan.

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