The leading cause of death is ischemia of the heart — heart attacks, angina pectoris, or partial or total obstruction of the heart’s arteries. Meanwhile, deaths from tumors or diseases of the respiratory system follow.
Of these, 1 in 5 does not identify before its appearance. But your heart is like the rest of your body. It has its signals to tell you that something is wrong with it.
Some of these manifestations can be confused with other pathologies: such as chronic fatigue, post-COVID-19 syndrome, or gastrointestinal disorders.
Originally, according to a non-profit organization dedicated to clinical practice, education, and research – these can arise due to age, sex, genetic inheritance, diet, and underlying diseases.
But also for habits that are capable of ruining the health of your heart without you realizing it.
These are some of the alerts that your heart is not right, which you should not ignore:
1. Persistent Fatigue
The fatigue can be a symptom of persistent heart failure, also associated with the disease that causes the new coronavirus, COVID-19. You should not ignore if your heart sends alerts to you.
A Researchers’ group discovered the bradykinin theory. According to that theory, COVID-19 could be a vascular disease. They had done it with the world’s second-fastest supercomputer.
In the manifestation of fatigue, you will feel permanent tiredness, reluctance, and reduction of your daily energy, affecting your mental well-being.
They do not understand why people experience fatigue after infection with SARS-CoV-2. Still, it probably has to do with dysregulation of the immune system. Also, they feel like having ongoing inflammation in the body and direct damage to the brain or the spinal cord that can interrupt the communication between neurons. Health Esther Melamed, assistant professor of neurology at the Dell School of Medicine, the University of Texas, USA, says.
2. Nausea, Heartburn, Or Vomiting
If they are unusual, there is no history to occur – should always consult gastrointestinal symptoms immediately with a specialist.
According to an American publication specializing in health, some people manifest these symptoms during a heart attack.
But it has a higher incidence in women, say the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
3. Loss Of Consciousness And Fainting
In addition to the decay, the body can suffer what is known as syncope: loss of consciousness or occasional fainting.
People feel weak, dizzy, or faint. You can also break out in a cold sweat, details the CDC of the United States.
It can indicate that you are in the middle of a heart attack, arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm.
It is a symptom of your dropped blood pressure because your heart can not pump as it should, Vincent Bufalino, a spokesman for the American Heart Association.
4. Swollen Legs
The swelling in the legs and ankles usually indicates heart problems because they result from failures in the circulatory system. The specialist explains to the medium that he has consulted one of the best specialists in the United States. The consulted best specialist is Matthew Mintz, primary care physician, internal medicine, and associate professor at George Washington University, Washington, United States.
It results in a backup of blood in the circulatory system, which in turn causes fluid to leak out.
It can also happen to your feet, says another specialist. You can identify that your shoes are tighter or that your socks always leave a line on your ankles.
5. High Blood Pressure
To notice a sign like this, you have to monitor your blood pressure at home or regular check-ups with your GP.
The pressure is usually low in advanced stages of heart conditions and is easier to detect without evaluation.
But the same does not happen when blood pressure remains high for a long time; that is why we know it as “the silent killer,” according to the same doctor, Mintz.
6. Difficulty Breathing When You Lie Down
Suppose you need to sleep propped up on one or more high pillows to breathe well or not suffer a constant and annoying cough. You should be alarmed by your heart. It arises from the accumulation of fluid in the lungs.
Dr. Monique May, a family physician from Memphis, Tennesse, United States, describes that people with this condition usually have to prop themselves up on pillows to sleep at night. When they lie flat, they can feel suffocating or choking.
Chest discomfort accompanies it often, but the shortness of breath can also occur before chest discomfort, notes the CDC.
The American Heart Association shows high blood pressure, arrhythmia, strokes, and heart failure. It is difficult to identify if you do not have a partner. Still, snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. If it happens regularly then you should not ignore because your heart sends alerts to you.
The evidence is very strong. The relationship between hypertension, sleep apnea, and cardiovascular disease, in general, is very clear. Hence, people need to know, Dr. Donna Arnett, president, and professor of epidemiology, tells the American Heart Association at the University of Alabama School of Public Health at Birmingham.
8. Trouble Catching Your Breath After Exercising
Don’t value this symptom if you’ve just gone for a run for the first time in months or years. Rather, it manifests itself in people who exercise regularly and begin to feel an alteration in their recovery.
Mintz says that the first signs of heart failure occur when shortness of breath occurs with increased activity or exercise.
Similarly, shortness of breath is an indicator when walking uphill.
It has its origin in the obstruction of the arteries or some restriction of the blood flow.
Dr. Allen Conrad from the Chiropractic Center of Montgomery County, Alabama, USA, recommends that a cardiac stress test can mimic this activity while monitoring your heart and determining if you have any irregularities,
9. Unusual Abdominal Pain
The abdominal pain that a person with signs of heart failure can manifest results from the same swelling in the legs and feet: excess fluid.
And be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal upset, previously mentioned.
10. Chest Pressure
Feeling like you have a bubble of gas in your chest that squeezes you and causes chest pain is an obvious sign of a heart condition.
However, unlike many of the symptoms present, this one can come and go. If you suffer with chest pressure, then you should not ignore because your heart sends alerts to you to prevent from it.
Along the same lines, Ami Beniaminovitz is a cardiologist at Manhattan Cardiology, New York, USA. He tells the media that your life could be in danger if you feel that chest pain radiates to your back like a knife.
The CDC also describes from the USA that Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, tightness, fullness, or pain. The said discomfort lasts for more than a few minutes or takes off and comes back.
11. Abnormal Palpitations
The safest thing is that you are not always aware of how your heart beats, but if it did abnormally, you would notice.
Palpitations arise when a person’s heart rhythm becomes abnormal. Aware of this. Sometimes it can happen, and we are not aware of it. Usually, it is due to an alteration in the electrical pathways through the heart that makes Daniel Atkinson.
We tend to dismiss women’s symptoms because they have a panic attack they are anxious. Jennifer Haythe, co-director of the Center for Cardiovascular Health for Women at Columbia University Medical Center, also insists on media.
However, Bufalino points out to the magazine that these can result from too much caffeine or not getting enough sleep.
12. Kidney Failure
Among the quieter symptoms is kidney failure. They can manifest with bloating and fatigue in the urine, such as those mentioned above.
If when you pee, you notice that foam or blood appears, or you usually go to the bathroom more than normal, your body is giving you a signal that something is wrong with it.
Also, these symptoms can be closely related to cancer in men or women. So it is always advisable to visit specialists.
13. Tension In The Upper Back
For people with tension in the upper back, confinement and telecommuting have brought much discomfort related to the back.
But, if you do not have a history or a job that involves you doing strange loads or sitting for hours in front of a computer. You have to pay special attention to the pain in the upper area.
These, as in the legs, are related to the pumping of blood. You should not ignore if your heart sends alerts to you.
14. Discomfort In The Left Arm
Discomfort in the left arm is one of the most well-known symptoms despite its visibility depending on the affected person’s work. If you feel discomfort then you should not ignore if your heart sends alerts to you.
The discomfort in the left arm manifests as a feeling of numbness or a condition. Such condition you perceive as that goes from the chest to the arm.