Top 5 Heart Disease Symptoms You Need To Watch Out For

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Awareness is the KEY. This can be applied to a lot of situations—most especially when we talk of diseases. What diseases can require more immediate interventions other than cardiovascular disease? A condition associated with our cardiovascular health is of utmost importance…this is the reason why many acute coronary care units and ambulatory clinics are being dispersed in a lot of locales. The prime reason for this is to avoid as many cardiac-disease related deaths and complications with immediate intervention.

However, although we condense our localities with a lot of clinics and ambulatory care centers to treat heart diseases… these would not do much if people in the neighborhood fail to know and recognize common heart disease symptoms. To understand these common symptoms better and know why they happen, here is a list of them:

Chest Pain

This is by far the most common and, safe to say, the most accurate among the heart disease symptoms that will require immediate medical health. There are many reasons why we can feel chest pain but to rule out the possibility of a heart attack, it is best to make sure by consulting a medical professional.

Chest pains occur when our heart is deprived of oxygenated blood.  Like any other organs in the body, our heart also needs adequate amount of oxygen and nutrients necessary for its optimum functioning. Failing to respond immediately to chest pain may increase one’s chance of developing heart attack.

Tightness in the Chest, Shoulders, Arm, Neck and Jaw

Pain related to insufficiency of oxygen to the heart can radiate to other areas of the body. This is true especially for people experiencing an “aura” before getting a heart attack. This certain tightness and discomfort may radiate from the chest and rise to the shoulders, arm, neck and even as high as our jaw.

Heart Rhythm Irregularities

Palpitations may be caused by arrhythmia—a condition where the heart does not keep a regular rhythm. When the occurrence of palpitations becomes more common and frequent, it may signal some form of node disorders (nodes are the area where our heart beats originate). Moreover, if we neglect the frequent attacks of palpitations, we may put our heart to a risk of developing cardiac arrest.

Fainting and Loss of Consciousness

Fainting and loss of consciousness are common heart disease symptoms. These occurrences signify that the heart is unable to pump enough blood, or cannot pump strong enough to drive blood into our brain.

Fatigue and Difficulty of Breathing on Exertion

When we exert force or do some “heavy” activities and experience difficulty of breathing, as well as easy fatigability, these symptoms may mean that oxygen supply from your heart is faulty. This feeling of fatigue and dyspnea (difficulty of breathing) may even lead to fainting or loss of consciousness.

Nothing can beat awareness and knowledge of these common heart disease symptoms. Catching the culprit even before it reaches your doorstep is the best way to avoid complications and even death.

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