World Heart Day 2022: On World Heart Day, ie. Today, September 29, we would like to bring to your notice that one should never ignore small symptoms that will lead to cardiac arrest or heart attack. Our heart is the key organ in the circulatory system pumping oxygenated blood to various organs. People are mostly not aware of the symptoms of an approaching heart attack. With an increasing prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle, monitoring heart health becomes even more essential.Also Read – Video: 21-Year-Old Man Collapses & Dies While Performing Garba in Gujarat's Anand, Heart Attack Suspected
With the current lifestyle patterns, it is very important to monitor your heart health. There can be various hidden symptoms contributing towards an unhealthy heart, hence a timely diagnosis and an active lifestyle should be given attention. Hence, one should be aware of the newly observed symptoms and complications that signal an unhealthy heart. A look at the symptoms shared by Mukesh Goel, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. Also Read – World Heart Day 2022: Physical Exercise Can Reduce The Risk Of Heart Failure, Expert Speaks – Watch Video
WORLD HEART DAY: NEWLY OBSERVED SYMPTOMS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE
- Chest pain is just one of the many overlooked signs: Chest pain is one of the most common signs of an approaching cardiac ailment. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, burning, tightness, or pain in the centre of the chest should be reported to the doctor. Many times these symptoms are confused with gastritis and heartburn.
- Snoring and interrupted sleeping patterns: Snoring and sleep-related problems like insomnia and sleep apnea, a disorder where breathing get disrupted while you sleep, have a direct link with heart diseases and other cardiovascular ailments.
- Shortness of breath: Unexplained shortness of breath while doing small amounts of physical activity, at rest or while sleeping (that can wake you up) may indicate an underlying cardiac ailment. Women are more likely to suffer/report shortness of breath when dealing with heart troubles.
- Fatigue: Waking up tired, restless and noting higher blood pressure levels in the morning, signals towards an unhealthy heart. Though, one should get a clinical assessment done for ensuring a clear diagnosis.
- Sweating Profusely: Sweeting more than usual or without any physical activity, especially if one is not exercising or being active — can be an early warning sign of an approaching heart-related ailment. If someone is sitting and suddenly starts sweating profusely, it could be a sign of an oncoming heart attack.
- Irregular Heartbeats: An irregular heartbeat or more formally known as “arrhythmias”, is a condition where the heart doesn’t pump blood at its normal rhythm. Anyone who is relatively healthy and still has an irregular heartbeat, also indicate a chronic heart condition.
- Jaw Pain: Pain in the chest and upper arm area is what most people typically associate with heart problems. However, pain in the neck or jaw is a potential point of angina — pain or discomfort when the heart lacks oxygen-rich blood. Women are more likely to exhibit these symptoms than men, but if the symptoms persist it is advisable to consult a doctor.
- Persistent Cough: A persistent cough is not always a sign of a heart problem, as it’s a common symptom of various other common illnesses like cold, flu, and bronchitis. But a never-ending cough can be a sign of fluid building up in the lungs, which signals congestive heart failure. When the heart isn’t able to pump efficiently, blood can back up into the veins that take blood through the lungs. When there is excessive pressure in these blood vessels, fluid is pushed into the air spaces (alveoli) in the lungs. Hence, an unending cough can be caused by the irritation and fluid in the lungs, which is similar to what can cause shortness of breath.
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