What are the symptoms of heart disease?
By: Jasmine Marfatia
Published On: November 03, 2018
Some physical symptoms may be an indication of heart diseases. Read on to learn about these symptoms.
Cardiovascular diseases are an extremely important subject for the Indian population. In the last couple of decades, deaths related to heart diseases have risen by 34%, claiming 209 lives per one lakh people, a significant increase from earlier statistics that suggested 115 deaths per one lakh people.
Another interesting study indicates that individuals born after 1970 are at a much higher risk of having CVD than those born after 1970. This goes to show that stress and lifestyle changes over the years may be a primary cause of the increasing rate of CVD.
Whether you suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or blockages, it is essential to address these problems in time to ensure that they don’t lead up to a much more serious heart condition like a heart attack or heart failure.
Those that suffer from a heart condition should be aware of the signs and heart problem symptoms, heart attack symptoms, heart blockage symptoms, cardiac arrest symptoms etc. Having this knowledge may serve as a warning sign or an indication that something may be wrong. Here are few early warning signs, that if experienced, shouldn’t be ignored.
Symptoms of heart disease
Also known as angina, it is a shooting pain in the chest, that spreads to the shoulders, arms, neck, and back, as a result of inadequate blood supply to the heart. If you have a blocked artery or are having a heart attack, you may feel pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest.
Nausea or abdominal pain
Feeling nausea or abdominal pain is a common sign of a heart disease. However, since stomach pain is not unusual in other cases as well, most people don’t associate it with a heart condition.
Constant fatigue, lethargy, sleepiness, or unexplained exhaustion is seen commonly in patients with a heart disease. Since we wouldn’t normally associate tiredness to a tired condition, it is a difficult symptom to take note of.
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Breaking out in a cold sweat for no obvious reason could signal a heart attack. If this is coupled with any of the other symptoms, it is best to get medical help at the earliest.
Difficulty with breathing
When you experience extreme shortness of breath and difficulty with breathing, even with slight physical exertion, it could potentially be a sign of a more serious heart problem.
If at all you feel your heartbeat racing or slowing down for no apparent reason, and if this continues for very long or happens very often, it is advisable to get checked for a heart condition by a medical professional.
It is important to note that no two people may experience the exact same symptoms. All the above are general symptoms of a heart condition that you must be mindful of. In fact, men and women have been known to experience heart attacks differently.
Heart attack symptoms in men
Heart attacks are more commonly seen in men, over women. In fact, it has been found that men may experience heart attacks at an earlier age than women too. Below are the symptoms that men experience during a heart attack:
Heaviness on the chest and chest pains
Pains in the upper body like arms, shoulders, and neck
Shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing
Irregular heartbeats or arrhythmia
Sudden breakouts into a cold sweat
A feeling of fainting
Heart attack symptoms in women
Women, on the other hand, have been seen to experience heart attacks at a much later age, usually after menopause, due to extreme changes in hormones. The symptoms too, are quite different than those that men feel.
Dizziness and lightheadedness
Indigestion, stomach aches, gas
Pain in the jaw
Unusual tiredness, fatigue and exhaustion
Difficulty in breathing
Unusual sleep disturbances
Having discussed the difference between heart attack symptoms in men and women, we must also mention that since men usually experience them at an earlier age, they are more likely to survive it, than women who experience heart attacks at a later age.
Silent heart attacks
Silent heart attacks, as the name suggests, is the type of heart attack where you may not even realize you’re having one. The symptoms will be far more subtle, and few.
In fact, you may not even associate the discomfort you’re feeling to a heart attack, and instead misunderstand it for some minor ailment.
However, these heart attacks put you at a higher risk of experiencing more heart attacks in the future.
The trouble with silent heart attacks is that diagnosing them is extremely difficult, so the sufferer may not end up taking action soon enough. It has also been found that diabetics tend to suffer from silent heart attacks more frequently. Symptoms of a silent heart attack include:
Mild chest pain
Getting tired very fast
Slight discomfort in the upper body and jaw that may disappear quickly after resting
The worst thing about heart conditions is that they worsen with age. So it is best to be aware of, and address any of these symptoms at the earliest.
Most of us might know someone who is suffering from a heart condition. At such a time, for a patient to worry about the medical expenses associated with treatment can add additional strain to their heart problem.
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