According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 610.000 people die of heart related problems each year in the United States alone. Both men and women are afflicted by heart disease due to a number of different reasons that are connected with a certain lifestyle. However, there are many signs and warnings that can inform us about heart problems that we should take action against, not only be aware of.
We have collected 8 very common heart disease signs that you should pay attention to if you notice them. You should also go and see your doctor immediately if you find something out of tune.
1. ARM PAIN
Women will usually experience this pain in both arms while men will experience the same type of pain in only their left arm. Pain can also occur for women in their elbows immediately prior to becoming afflicted with an actual heart attack. When the constriction of the heart muscles occurs and causes overwhelming pressure in the body, the pain manifests itself in the region of the spinal cord where there is a myriad of connected nerves. The brain usually reads this as arm pain when it is a full-blown heart attack that is occurring.
2. PERSISTENT COUGHING
Although chronic coughing can be a symptom of a number of different things, when it is directly related to heart disease a blush-color discharge will follow which is a sign of possible heart failure. The best advice is to not ignore this as some other minor issue. Go see your doctor and let him give you a thorough checkup to determine if heart problems exist.
3. LEG, ANKLE, AND FEET SWELLING
Many of the reasons why heart disease occurs is because the organ is not pumping at the rate that is should be pumping blood throughout the body’s system. When this happens, it creates leakage into the surrounding tissue. This extra blood is a victim to gravity and immediately flows down to the lower appendages—legs, ankles, and feet. This creates what is known as edema which is a severe swelling of these areas of the body directly related to heart disease.
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