20 Symptoms of Heart Disease That Should Never Be Ignored. This Could Save Your Life

 

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Our heart is the central organ that keeps us alive. It’s also one of the only muscles we have in our body that move without us thinking about it. The heart is incredible! It pumps our blood and keeps us alive all on its own.

The heart may be incredible, but that doesn’t make it invincible. Heart disease is the number one cause of death around the world. In the United States, one out of four people will die from heart disease. Part of this is because people ignore the signs of heart disease and wait until it’s too late.

To keep you healthy and informed, we’ve compiled a list of symptoms to look for when you suffer from heart disease. If you experience these symptoms, it’s time to call your doctor for an examination.

Queasiness

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There are a number of reasons you may feel queasy and heart disease is one of them. If suddenly you feel knots in your stomach and unexpected vomiting, you should mention it to your doctor. This is also an early sign of a heart attack, so getting checked out could save your life.

Breathlessness

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It isn’t uncommon to be out of breath if you are changing altitudes or working out. However, if you find yourself breathless during everyday activities, it could be a sign of heart disease. People who suffer from heart disease often develop pulmonary edema, which is when your lungs will fill with fluid. This along with the heart not being able to pump enough blood to your organs can cause you to be out of breath.

Dizziness

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When your brain isn’t receiving enough blood due to heart disease, you may feel a little dizzy. It can also be caused by pulmonary edema, which is common in people with heart disease. When you feel dizzy out of nowhere, it may be time to see your doctor.

Pain or Numbness in Your Shoulder

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If you have pain or numbness in your shoulder, it definitely shouldn’t be ignored. It’s the number one sign that is someone is having a heart attack. If the pain moves from your chest to your fingers, call 911 immediately. It isn’t uncommon for people to also feel pain in their jaw and neck when having a heart attack too.

Exhaustion

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It’s normal to be tired after a long workweek or when you don’t have enough sleep. It’s also a symptom of heart disease. When your heart isn’t functioning correctly, it can’t get enough oxygen and blood to your organs, which can cause you to feel exhausted. Pair that with fluid in your lungs and you are sure to be truly fatigued.

Lack of Appetite

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At first, it may be nice not to feel hungry for unhealthy foods, but when it disappears entirely it’s a cause for concern. Losing your appetite is an early sign of a heart attack. If you find yourself not wanting to eat your favorite meal, it’s time to call your doctor. Now, we aren’t saying that loss of appetite is always a symptom of heart problems, but it is something that you may want to get checked out.

Thyroid isn’t Functioning Properly

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It’s easy to overlook issues with your thyroid since it’s an organ that we don’t really think about. If you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, it may increase your chance for heart disease. If you experience symptoms of thyroid issues such as coughing, fatigue, and weight gain, it’s important to get it checked out because they are also symptoms of heart disease.

Sense of Impending Doom

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If you feel a sense of impending doom, it’s time to get yourself to your doctor immediately. When people experience lack of oxygen and blood flow throughout the body, it can result in a feeling of doom. It’s a scary feeling, especially if you are short of breath. Get to your doctor as soon as you can.

Always Parched

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Everyone should be drinking more water, but if you find that you are always thirsty, it could be a sign of heart disease. No matter how much water you drink, it never seems to satisfy your thirst. With gastrointestinal upset and electrolyte imbalances, you can feel thirsty all the time. It’s worth being looked at.

Sleep Apnea

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If your snoring keeps you up at night, it could be a symptom of heart disease. Sleep apnea and heart disease go hand-in-hand. If you think you have sleep apnea, consult your doctor, they may also find that you are having issues with your heart.

Wheezing

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If you can hear yourself breathing and it sounds like a creaky door, you probably want to make an appointment with your doctor. This wheezing could be caused by pulmonary edema, which is a symptom of heart disease. If you have abnormal breathing for a few days, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Swollen Ankles

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Edema doesn’t just affect your lungs, but also your ankles. If you have pain in your ankles and realize that they are swollen, you should get your heart checked out by a doctor.

Irregular Heartbeat

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When you’re in love, your heart skipping a beat is a sweet sign. When your heart actually skips a beat, you should get it checked out. When your heartbeat is irregular, it may be a sign of arrhythmia. Arrhythmia can increase the risk of a heart attack in certain individuals. It may also be a sign of an electrolyte imbalance.

Quick Weight Gain

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If you find that you’ve gained weight quickly without any change in your diet, it may be a symptom of heart disease. When you gain more than five pounds in a month on your regular diet, it’s a cause for concern. Weight gain is a symptom of edema, which is most often signifies heart disease. So, if you step on the scale and see the number increase for no reason, it’s time to make a doctor’s appointment.

Acid Reflux

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The burning in your chest may be more than just the heavy food you ate for dinner. It could be a sign that your heart isn’t working the way it should. Though it isn’t always a symptom of heart disease, it could be a symptom of other serious medical problems such as esophageal cancer.

Confusion

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It’s common to be confused when dealing with new struggles like downloading new software or learning something new in finance. However, if you find yourself seriously confused about everyday things like where your house is located, it’s time to see a doctor. This can be a serious sign that your heart isn’t working as it should be and is limiting oxygen to your brain.

Chronic Cough

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It’s common to suffer from a cough during the winter, but if you just can’t seem to shake off a cough it could be a symptom of pulmonary edema, a symptom of heart disease. If you keep coughing and there’s no sign of stopping, consult your doctor. There may be a more serious matter behind it.

Pounding Heart

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If you find that your heart is pounding so hard that you can feel it and you aren’t working out, then you should talk to your doctor. If your heart is pounding while sitting down and relaxing, it could be that there is plaque buildup in your arteries, making your heart work harder to pump blood.

Exercising Gets Harder

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When doing your normal workout routine you find it getting harder to do suddenly, it may be a symptom of heart disease. If you feel extremely exhausted after a workout or out of breath early on in your workout, it may be due to pulmonary edema and decreased blood flow, which are signs of heart disease.

Serious Chest Pain

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You should never ignore serious chest pains. Even if your family doesn’t have a history of heart attacks or heart disease, it’s important to have these pains checked out. The quicker you can get your chest and heart examined, the better the outcome may be. Be sure to consult a doctor when it comes to problems with your heart, not the Internet.