Our bodies are so intelligent that they always tell us timely if something is wrong with them. Whether it is a disease that is slowly and silently settling in our body or something that might give us a heart attack or stroke tomorrow, our body has its way to show us the symptoms.
Nowadays, heart disease is the main killer in the world and the reasons are quite a few: genetic predispositions, poor diet, no exercise, stress, polluted environment and negligence.
Therefore, we strongly advise you to take care of your health, and once you notice some of the following symptoms, to consult your doctor and go for a medical check-up so that you avoid getting a serious cardiovascular disease.
If you experience stomach pain, bloating, indigestion, vomiting or feeling sick, it means that you have some heart problems which should be checked.
Feeling pressure in the chest or even in the upper back area may be a symptom which should be taken care of, especially if it lasts for a long time or becomes unbearable.
- Chest pain
People experience chest pain because of many different reasons, which doesn’t have to be connected with a heart disease. However, a more precise description of the kind of pain you will feel if it is something that has to do with a cardiovascular disease, is elaborated by Jean C. McSweeney, PhD, RN, and Associate Dean For Research at the University of Arkansas.
She says, if you have a heart disease, you will feel pain under your breast bone, inclined to the left part of your chest.
In addition, the pain would be constant, as if something hard is giving you a sense of fullness or pressure.
Any feeling of unexplained anxiety, accompanied by a feeling of light-heartedness or dizziness, might be a signal that you have a heart problem.
- Unusual pain elsewhere
In practice, it seems that in most cases, people who have suffered from a heart disease haven’t experienced chest pain or discomfort. However, they have experienced some other unusual and severe pain elsewhere in their body. According to Amy Thompson, a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, most of the pain connected with heart attacks will start in the chest area. However, it will reach its peak somewhere else in the body, for example in the neck or jaw.
- Looking ill
There will certainly be a change in your complexion, which will be a sign that you are ill and suffering from a heart disease. If your blood pressure is low and your face is pale or grey, you probably need to see your doctor.
A cold sweat is common prior to a heart attack.
- Tiredness and weakness
If you are not able to keep up with your daily activities and you feel tired and weak all the time, it means that your body is fighting an illness and therefore has no energy for anything else.
A sign of heart failure is also fast or irregular beating of your heart which might be accompanied by dizziness or tiredness.
- Dizziness and shortness of breath
And, the last but not least, if you are gasping for some air and feel breathless, you should immediately go to the hospital because it could be an indication of an upcoming heart attack.