The heart is undoubtedly the most vital organ of the human body and it is the only organ that has to work with its full capacity from our birth to death. Because of this, it is very much common to have problems with the heart. Our topic of today is “5 signs that your heart is in trouble”.
Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. Maybe it starts with the vague sense that you’re just not feeling well: Stomach pain, nausea, shortness of breath, an uncomfortable feeling in your chest. You’re tempted to dismiss these symptoms. Maybe it’s just the flu. You’ll deal with it later — after work, dinner, and the other tasks on your list of to-dos.
Think again. These symptoms should not be ignored. They are warning signs of a heart attack.
About every 40 seconds, someone has a heart attack in the US. Most people imagine that having a heart attack is always intense. But the truth is that sometimes you may be unsure if you are suffering from a heart attack because the signs can be subtle and different from what you may typically think of.
Here are the most important 5 signs that your heart is in trouble:
- Chest Pain, Squeezing, Pressure, and Fullness
Picture someone having a heart attack, and chances are you imagine them gasping for air and clutching their chest before falling unconscious. While you may experience chest pain during a heart attack, it may not be as dramatic. In some cases, it may not even be described as pain. Instead, it may feel more like pressure or squeezing in the chest.
- Arm, Back, Neck, Jaw, or Stomach Pain or Discomfort
Heart attack pain may not be confined to the chest area. Pain or discomfort in your arm, back, neck, jaw, or stomach can also be heart attack-related. But many people do not associate pain in these areas with having a heart attack — which may prevent them from getting immediate medical attention.
- Shortness of Breath, Nausea, and Lightheadedness
Shortness of breath can occur with or without chest pain during a heart attack. Most people don’t realize this can happen before or after a heart attack as well—especially for women. Research has found that shortness of breath is the third most reported symptom before a heart attack among women — and the top symptom during a heart attack.
Another common symptom is finding yourself breaking out in a cold sweat. The reason behind this symptom is that when you have clogged arteries, your heart requires more effort to pump blood, and sweating keeps your body’s temperature down during this extra effort.
- Epigastric pain
Inferior wall MI is a type of heart attack which causes pain starts often in the epigastric region. A person having a slight degree of history of Blood pressure, Diabetes or any other cardiovascular illness should never ignore epigastric pain.