What are the signs of an unhealthy Heart?

What are the signs of an unhealthy Heart?

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Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. The organs effectively pump oxygenated blood throughout the body. So, the fist-sized organ maintains a steady rhythm for keeping you active and alive. But, heart diseases can cause severe complications, including death. Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death around the world. To avoid any severe complications, you need to listen to the telltale warning your body sends. Here are the common signs that point towards an unhealthy heart:

Chest Pains

It is one of the most common signs associated with heart disease. You can experience left side chest pain (near your heart), which indicates a potential heart attack. You feel pain due to the death of cells in your heart muscles. So, you experience severe tightness or strain on the heart that leads to upper torso pain.

Sleeping And Snoring Problems

Do you snore at night? Can you not sleep properly at night? While they may sound simple, these problems can indicate underlying heart problems. Insomnia and sleep apnea occurs due to disruptions in your breathing when you sleep. It is linked directly to heart problems.

Irregular Heartbeat

Arrhythmias or an irregular heartbeat always indicates some problem with your heart while pumping blood at its normal rhythm. While young and healthy people can suffer from irregular heartbeat, it is also a sure sign indicating an unhealthy heart.

Edema

Your feet or hands become swollen for a long time. It occurs when your heart fails to pump blood throughout the body properly. So, you suffer from swelling or edema. It is a signal from your body that indicates something is amiss in your heart.

Shortness Of Breath And Fatigue

You may get winded on occasions, which is normal. But, if you experience shortness of breath and fatigue while doing normal chores, then it indicates heart problems.

Dizzy/Lightheadedness

Feeling dizzy or lightheaded is a signal indicating insufficient blood flow to your brain. The restriction of blood to the brain can cause a heart attack or stroke. A drastic drop in blood pressure can also cause fainting spells. So, you need to take action.

Cold Sweat

Without performing any physically draining task if you sweat profusely, then it signals the onset of a heart problem leading to a heart attack.

Erectile Dysfunction

Men can find it difficult to get and keep an erection firm for sexual intercourse. Most people can attribute the condition to advancing age. But, it is an early warning sign of heart problems.

Nausea/Vomiting

Due to inflammation of the bottom lining of the heart, which surrounds the stomach structures can cause abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Jaw Pain

Sudden pain in jaw, neck or teeth can indicate an impending heart attack. So, never ignore jaw pain as it indicates something is happening with your heart. Ignoring the signal from your body can lead to severe complications.

When you see the above-mentioned signs, you need to make an appointment with the doctor. So, you need to follow the instructions carefully. It is never too late to take action for preventing further heart issues. So, you can adopt a healthy lifestyle for better heart health.

Dr. Gaurav Singhal Cardiologist: DM (Cardiology), MD (Medicine) 11 Years Experience. Dr. Gaurav is director of Hridyam Heart Care Clinic, is one of the most promising and emerging cardiologists of Jaipur.

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