8 Symptoms of Cardiovascular Diseases You Should Pay Heed to

8 Symptoms of Cardiovascular Diseases You Should Pay Heed to

Can cardiovascular diseases always be identified by clutching pain in the chest? And is there no way of determining the early symptoms of heart disease? Well, being overweight, having diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure makes one more cautious about heart health but there are other signs of impending cardiovascular diseases too. And the first step to a healthy heart is to be aware and take immediate action after experiencing early symptoms that indicate heart disease. Here’s a list of 8 early symptoms of  cardiovascular diseases you should pay heed to. 

1. Chest discomfort & pain in the shoulder 
Pain in the left side of the chest has long been considered as a sign of heart disease. In case you feel pressure in the chest that lasts for a few minutes, be sure to consult the doctor as it could be because of a blocked artery or an early sign of a heart attack. Additionally, tightness in the chest followed by a gradual pain in the shoulder also indicates heart problems. 

2. Lightheadedness 
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded is a sign of the restricted blood flow to the brain. While feeling a little faint after skipped meals or standing up too fast is common, but if the feeling of dizziness is accompanied by discomfort in the chest and shortness of breath, it’s time to consult a cardiologist. In a lot of cases, lightheadedness and tightness in the chest are the early signs of a stroke or a heart attack.

3. Fatigue & shortness of breath 
Shortness of breath after climbing stairs, carrying groceries or some physical activity is common. Whereas, if you experience extreme exhaustion and an unexplained weakness for days in a row, it could be a symptom of heart disease. Make sure to consult a doctor if you experience frequent breathlessness and fatigue.

4. Pain in the jaw & sore gums 
While sore gums or an infection like gingivitis may not be directly related to heart disease, pain running from the chest to the jaw is a common sign of heart attack and stroke. Therefore, if jaw pain is accompanied by chest pain, it is a matter of concern and requires immediate medical attention. 

5. Swollen feet and ankles 
If you experience frequent swelling of the feet and ankles after removing socks and shoes, it could be a sign of an unhealthy heart. This is because of the immense pressure of the blood in the lower limbs that disrupts the blood flow to the heart causing a heart attack. Additionally, gripping sensations and cramps in the calves while walking is a sign of PAD (peripheral arterial disease) that requires doctor consultation. 

6. Irregular heartbeat & cold sweats 
An irregular heartbeat that is faster than usual could be a sign of arrhythmias that indicates impending heart attack or heart failure. While having too much caffeine or lack of sleep are some of the causes of irregular heartbeat, it needs medical attention if experienced frequently to keep a tab on heart health.  

7. Disturbed sleep & snoring 
Frequent sleep discrepancies like insomnia are sometimes followed by sleep apnea which causes multiple brief disruptions in breathing. This puts extra pressure on the heart and is linked to cardiovascular diseases. Sleep apnea prevents sound sleep where the person wakes up gasping for air and it is also associated with high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure. 

8. Persistent cough
In most cases, cough is a common symptom of illness like cold, flu or bronchitis. Whereas, sometimes the heart is unable to pump the blood efficiently and the blood is pushed back into the veins through lungs causing never-ending cough producing pink mucus. Make sure to consult a doctor if you experience persistent cough and the other aforementioned symptoms of a heart attack. 

By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-12-04

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