Heart diseases are the leading reason of patients’ death in the whole world. A larger number people die of heart diseases than of any type of cancer. The ability to recognize the heart disease symptoms may save someone’s life. Below we’ll tell you about the 10 warning signs of heart diseases that should not be ignored.
Pain in the chest. Any significant discomfort or the sense of heaviness (feeling like something heavy is sitting on your chest) could mean a heart attack. It may also be combined with the pain down the arm, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating and shortness of breath. Women may experience more subtle symptoms such as fatigue, fever or pain in the upper abdomen. In any case, call an ambulance immediately. If it’s a heart attack, a delay may cause a damage of the heart muscle. If these symptoms occur only during physical exercises, probably it’s angina, a condition in which a heart muscle is temporarily not supplied with a sufficient amount of blood. Sudden severe pain in the chest or upper back (often described as a cutting sensation) can be caused by a rupture of the aorta, also known as aortic dissection which requires an immediate medical attention.
Indigestion. Such allegedly harmless symptoms like pain, bloating and indigestion are not always an indicator of problems in the gastrointestinal tract. This symptom may also indicate heart problems, so a treatment is highly recommended in this case.
Fatigue. This symptom particularly affects women and may occur during a heart attack or days, hours and even weeks before it. Frequent feeling of fatigue may be a sign of a heart failure. Of course, this symptom may also be a sign of another disorder. It is better to consult a doctor to get a correct diagnosis.
Dizziness. Heart attacks often cause blackouts and dizziness. An arrhythmia or an irregular heart rate may appear. All this happens due to a reduced and unstable inflow of blood to the major organs and brain.
An ongoing cough. A cough may be permanent due to the accumulation of liquid in the lungs and a symptom of the heart failure. Sometimes a sputum with blood appears when the patients with the heart failure cough.
Swelling. Heart failure leads to the accumulation of liquid in the organism. This process causes a loss of appetite, swelling, and a sudden weight gain.
Abdominal pain. Sudden stomach pain may signal about an aortic aneurysm, a thickening that develops in the aorta cracks. If the aneurysm rupture occurs, the pain is usually sharp and sudden and is concentrated around the navel. In addition, sudden pain may indicate a perforated internal organ (a hole in the stomach, intestines or other hollow bodies), that often happens due to an ulcer.
Sweating. Cold sweat, especially during the rest, is a sign of the heart attack. This symptom appears immediately before it.
Shortness of breath. Shortness of breath during the rest can be a sign of the lung diseases such as asthma or chronic pulmonary obstruction. In addition, it may also be a signal of a heart attack or heart failure. Shortness of breath may be accompanied by the pain in the chest during the heart attack, but it’s not a strict rule.
Irregular pulse. The occasional change of the pulse is normal. However, if the irregular pulse is accompanied by weakness, dizziness or shortness of breath, it may be a sign of the heart attack, heart failure or arrhythmias. The heart beats faster to pump enough blood to the organs. This can lead to the irregular or accelerated heart rate.