Anyone can be a victim of a heart attack or a cardiac arrest or any other cardiac problems. And what’s worse is that it can sometimes occur without the individual even realizing that he or she is going through a cardiac event. The best way to prevent such events is to have a clear idea of your heart health which can be achieved through regular heart checkups.
These checkups can help you identify your risk factors so you can take appropriate steps to correct them, and also allows for early detection of any underlying cardiac problem before it can cause some serious damage. Even individuals who have no family history of cardiac events or show no obvious signs of having any health problems may be affected by cardiac problems. But not a lot of individuals realize this until they actually go through the pain of a cardiac arrest
Like every disease, heart problems also have their set of signs that you should watch out for. Here are the top 10 signs of heart problems.
Tiredness and weakness: It’s obvious for all of us to feel tired at the end of a day. But if you find yourself feeling absolutely exhausted at the end of the day on a regular basis, it could be message that your body is trying to send out to you. Visit a physician who might suggest performing a few tests to help identify the problem
Weakness is another sign that can be an indication of an underlying heart problem. If you feel weak to the bone and find yourself too weak to even get out of the bed, it would be wise to seek medical consultation immediately.
Sweating: This does not mean that sweating during the summer season or when you work out or during any physical activities is anything to worry about. But if you start to sweat when you’re not doing anything but sitting comfortably, you should be concerned, especially if it is accompanied by discomfort, numbness and pain in other parts of your body.
Discomfort in the chest: One of the main symptoms to detect a heart disease. Chest pain can be associated with clogged or narrowed arteries that prevent the blood to flow to other parts of the body and the lack of blood flow causes heart problems in addition to numbness and weakness in the body.
Body pain: Chest pain associated with heart problems can travel to other parts of the body as well. Usually, men experience pan in their left arm while women may experience pain both the arms. The pain can also spread to your shoulder, jaw, elbow, back or neck. The pain may come and go but it is mainly due to clogged arteries.
Swelling: Swelling is caused because of the fluid that accumulates in the body, which is also a sign of a heart problem. Usually, the legs, ankle and stomach get affected. Swelling can be a sign of a heart defect or thickening of the heart muscle. It can also be associated with valvular heart disease, and should not be taken lightly.
Nausea: Nausea is usually a symptom associated with food poisoning. But in case you have other signs of a heart problem and nausea at the same time, you should be immediately head towards a hospital. It is not uncommon to see people throw up before they have a heart attack. Your stomach goes for a toss you lose your appetite because of the swelling in your abdomen and stomach.
Dizziness: Dizziness is often associated with ear infection, low blood pressure and motion sickness. But dizziness or light-headedness can also be a sign of a heart condition. Dizziness is often linked with heart problems when your pulse becomes irregular. In fact, it is because of this irregular pulse that you feel dizzy.
Irregular pulse: Irregular pulse if observed with some other cardiac symptoms is a sign to get yourself checked by a doctor immediately if you want to avoid any fatal consequences. Thickening of the heart muscle or any valvular heart diseases caused by narrowing of the valves often leads to irregular heartbeats where in the heart rate may increase or decrease.
Anxiety: People who have suffered heart attacks have often found to be linked with some psychological anxiety and stress.
Shortness of breath: You can experience a shortness of breath for several reasons, including a cardiac condition which may be mainly due to thickening of the blood vessels causing a lack of blood supply, or irregular heartbeats, heart defects or infection, thickening of the heart muscles or valvular heart diseases.
A heart attack doesn’t necessarily give you a warning before it strikes, which is why it is important for all of us to be able to identify these signs that are associated with a heart attack or a cardiac arrest.
Asian Heart Institute runs a special service for patients in case of a cardiac emergency. In case of an emergency in Mumbai, you just need to call 126 126, AHI’s 24×7 Heart Helpline offering world-class emergency cardiac help.