If something is wrong with your heart, will you know it?
Not all heart problems have clear warning signs and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on.
Experts say that there are five symptoms of a bad heart condition and we should call immediately our doctor if you experience them.
5 signs of poor heart health are:
1.Abnormal heart beat
Or arrhythmia its like a skipped beat, an additional beat, tachycardia (beating too quickly), or bradycardia (beating too slowly).
Symptoms of an abnormal heartbeat include:
Heart palpitations Pounding in the chest Dizziness Fainting Shortness of breath Chest pain or tightening
Feeling very tired (weakness or fatigue)
If you have an abnormal heartbeat stop :
-doing certain activities that bring on the complaint more often -smoking -excessive drinking of alcohol – excessive intake of caffeine
-taking cold and cough medicines containing stimulants.
Chest pain happens from a muscle pain to a heart attack and should never be ignored. Types of chest pain include sharp, dull, burning, aching, stabbing, or a tight crushing sensation should be your motivation to visit your doctor .
Symptoms to watch out for in addition to chest pain:
– dizziness, – nausea, -confusion, -fast heart rate or breathing, – excessive sweating, -pain spreading to the jaw, left arm, or back, -a sudden feeling of pressure or crushing under the breastbone, -extremely low blood pressure or heart rate,
-shortness of breath.
Causes of heart-related chest pain:
1.Coronary artery disease 2.Angina 3.Heart attack 4.Myocarditis, the same symptoms of a heart attack but without the blockage 5.Pericarditis 6.Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 7.Mitral valve prolapse
8.Coronary artery dissection
3.Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
This happenes when a blood clot in one or more deep veins or if you don’t move for a long time, such as after surgery, following an accident, or when you are confined to a hospital or nursing home bed.
DVT can cause a pulmonary embolism, thanks to a free-running blood clot which goes straight to the lungs.
Symptoms of DVT : Pain, swelling and tenderness in one of your legs (usually your calf) A heavy pain in the affected area Warm skin in the area of the clot
Red skin, especially at the back of your leg below the knee
See a doctor because one in 10 people with a DVT will develop a pulmonary embolism .
Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include:
Breathlessness, which may come on slowly or quickly Chest pain, which may become worse when you breathe in
A heart attack happens when blood flow stops to a part of the heart causing damage to the heart muscle.
The most common symptom is chest pain that travel into the shoulder, arm, back, neck, or jaw and lasts for more than a few minutes.
The quicker you react the higher the chances of survival.
5.Coronary heart disease
Coronary heart disease is when heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. The walls of your arteries can become coated up with fatty deposits.
This process is known as atherosclerosis and the fatty deposits are called atheroma.
Lifestyle factors are:
-Smoking -High cholesterol -High blood pressure