The number one leading cause of death in Ireland is Coronary Heart Disease. There are various symptoms that can signal a person may have heart disease. More commonly heart disease can lead to a heart attack but by being in tune with the pre-emptive signals of heart disease you can decrease your risk of heart attack.
Every symptom and sign of heart disease is different, some are severe and noticeable while others are more latent and difficult to immediately associate with heart disease. Warning signs include chest pain, shortness of breath, heartburn, muscle soreness, painful hiccups, neck and upper back pain. These signs are common and well-known as being indicators of heart disease. Medicine Net outlined and detailed 12 key signals of heart disease and heart attack.
The 12 signs to watch out for in coronary heart disease are:
A clear indicator of an impending heart attack is extreme anxiety. Anxiety can make you feel as if you are having a panic attack, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain and dizziness. Once any of these symptoms arise it is essential to get to a hospital as soon as possible.
2. Chest Discomfort
Although chest pain is a common symptom of a heart attack, only half of all women experience chest pain. Chest pain is often centred under the breastbone, slightly to the left. The sensation is that of enormous pressure on the chest or an uncomfortable feeling of pressure, tightness or fullness. Women can often experience only minor pains and sometimes a burning sensation. Chest pain can also be unrelated to heart attack if a person has another condition unrelated to the heart.
When people have heart failure, fluid builds up in the lungs and can lead to consistent coughing or wheezing. This cough can lead to blood in the phlegm, the cough can become chronic and make it hard to breathe.
Arrhythmias which are heart rhythm abnormalities can lead to dizziness, feeling lightheaded and faint. However it is not only heart disease and heart attack that can cause these symptoms so it is always best to alert your doctor.
Tiredness or fatigue can be associated with numerous illnesses and conditions. Fatigue can be heightened in the build-up to a heart attack and if the level of fatigue affects your daily life then it is essential to see a doctor.
6. Nausea or Lack of Appetite
During a heart attack people may feel nauseous, suffer with indigestion, vomiting and abdominal swelling. This is a result of the poor blood circulation when the heart is weakened and arteries are blocked. This particular type of nausea increases when being active and lessens when resting.
7. Aches and Pains in the Body
People experiencing a heart attack may feel pain in the chest but that pain can extend out to other parts of the body including the shoulders, arms, back, neck, jaw and abdomen. Men often times develop a strong pain in their left arm while women can find pain in their arm or between their shoulder blades. The pain can be consistent or intermittent as well as ranging from severe to mild.
8. Rapid or Irregular Pulse
Rapid or irregular heart rates can be symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure or arrhythmia. As well as this weakness, dizziness and shortness of breath may accompany these rapid or irregular heartbeats.
9. Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath can result from fluid leaking into the lungs during a heart attack or heart failure.
It is highly common for a person to break into a sudden sweat for no reason before a heart attack. This is particularly noticeable as if you break into a sudden sweat while not exerting yourself and may have other symptoms of heart attack such as nausea, shortness of breath and chest pain then it is likely you are experiencing a heart attack.
If the heart is weaker than a normal healthy heart, it will not pump the blood as effectively around the body. This results in fluid retention which causes swelling primarily of the lower body such as legs and feet as well as the abdomen.
An impending heart attack can be predicted when a person has severe, unexplained and unusual weakness. This is caused by the lack of blood being pumped around the body. When the blood is not being pumped as well as it should be it is diverted straight to he essential organs such as the brain, heart and lungs and away from the muscles.
It is essential to pay close attention to your body and be aware of the symptoms such as the above that a high risk indicators of heart disease. The quicker you get to a doctor the more quickly you will be tested and diagnosed. The longer a person waits while experiencing symptoms the less likely a doctor will be able to help and may cause unnecessary harm to your body.
If there are any cardiac risk factors in your life such as being male over 65, having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, diabetes or family history of heart disease then pay particular attention to any heart disease symptoms.
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