8 warning signs that your heart isn’t working properly

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die from heart-related problems each year in the United States alone. Both men and women suffer from heart disease for different reasons associated with a certain lifestyle. However, there are many signs and warnings that tell us about a heart problem that we should be aware of.

Clamotion has collected 8 very common warning signs of heart disease to watch out for if you notice them

  1. Pain that radiates to the arm
    Many men experience pain in the left arm, while women experience the same pain in either or both arms. Some women also said that they experienced unusual elbow pain before having a heart attack. This happens because the pain from your heart travels to the spinal cord where many of your body’s nerves are connected and your mind gets confused and thinks your arm is in real pain when that’s not the case.
  2. A cough that won’t stop
    Cough may be caused by various problems and can also be a sign of cardiovascular disease. A persistent cough that produces a pink liquid that contains blood is very common with heart failure. However, the cough is a sub-symptom of a more serious symptom, which is shortness of breath and sudden loss of breath.
  3. Unusually severe levels of anxiety
    Numerous studies have shown that people who experience severe anxiety very early in life are at risk of developing heart disease. Anxiety can either be caused by a very stressful lifestyle or various disorders including panic disorder and phobic anxiety. Some of the effects of anxiety on your heart include tachycardia, increased blood pressure, and decreased heart rate.
  4. Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet.
    When your heart is not pumping well, fluid leaks from your blood vessels into the surrounding tissues and your legs and feet are the most common sites for injury due to gravity. This is called peripheral edema and many people who have it do not have heart disease. However, it is a very common symptom among heart patients and should be watched closely.
  5. Lack of appetite and feeling nauseous.
    Many patients with heart disease show a lack of appetite and/or nausea even if they take a few bites. The reason for this is the accumulation of fluid around the liver and intestines, which interferes with proper digestion. These symptoms are usually followed by abdominal pain and if you are experiencing them all, you should see your doctor immediately.

Feeling dizzy and losing consciousness is very common among heart patients. When the heart does not pump blood well, it is because blood flow is blocked from a blocked artery or valve stenosis. If at any time you feel short of breath and faint for a short period of time, call your doctor immediately and have your heart checked.

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