Been feeling tired lately? Well, that could indicate something far more severe than bad sleeping habits. In fact, tiredness is one of the early symptoms of heart problems. Here we have listed 10 signs of heart diseases that many people miss.
Many people snore a little while sleeping, and in most cases it’s perfectly normal. However, if you notice your spouse has been snoring unusually loudly, they may be experiencing sleep apnea, which means someone briefly stopping breathing during sleep. Snoring as a result of sleep apnea increases stress on the heart and can lead to heart problems. It’s best to consult a doctor and get a sleep study done. They may also advise taking CPAP medicines to smooth breathing during sleep.
If you feel exausted doing tasks as simple as climbing the stairs or carrying groceries from the car, you’d better check in with a doctor right away, because that might be a sign of heart disease. "These types of significant changes are more important to us than every little ache and pain you might be feeling," said Vincent Bufalino, MD, an American Heart Association spokesman.
If you find yourself breaking out in a cold sweat for no particular reason, go to a nearby hospital immediately. Symptoms such as this could indicate that you are suffering from some serious diseases, including heart problems.
If you have a cough that won’t quit, then it may not simply be as the result of a common cold. A long-lasting cough, especially one that produces white or pink mucus, could indicate a heart failure. Again, check with a professional and get proper treatment if you are not sure of the cause.
When the heart fails to pump fast enough, blood backs up and it can lead to swollen legs, feet and ankles. Such symptoms may also be caused by kidney diseases. Get examined at a local hospital to find the root cause.
According to Charles Chambers, MD, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, patients experiencing a heart attack can exhibit these signs. They may even vomit. Although other diseases or just eating the wrong thing can also lead to the same symptoms, keep in mind that they can also occur during a heart attack.
Combined with other symptoms like chest discomfort or shortness of breath, lightheadedness can be related to a heart attack. "It could mean your blood pressure has dropped because your heart isn't able to pump the way it should," Bufalino says.
If you are having a heart attack, it is most common to feel pain, pressure or tightness in your chest. Such discomfort, especially prolonged chest discomfort, can indicate severe heart disease and you should go to a nearby hospital immediately.
Some patients suffering from heart diseases have been reported to feel a pain that starts from the chest and moves to the arms. Never neglect such signs and get emergency treatment if you are experiencing anything remotely similar.
Many conditions, like too much caffeine or not enough sleep, can cause an irregular heartbeat. But if your heart is beating out of time chronically and frequently, you need professional treatment from a doctor.