What are the signs that hint that the heart needs attention?

  • Posted By: Dr. Vanita Arora,
  • Posted On: 7/8/2019 11:26:24 AM

The most common signal of a heart attack is chest pain.  It can be in the form of uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, burning, aching or pain. Severe chest pain lasts longer and/ or radiates down the arm. In such cases, immediate medical attention is required and one should call for an ambulance. When your heart misses a beat or has irregular rhythm, the condition is defined as Arrhythmia. Often arrhythmias are harmless but they can be signal for more serious heart diseases especially when paired with heart problem symptoms. If you experience the later, without any delay an expert should be consulted. Always remember that some arrhythmias can also lead you to stroke or sudden cardiac arrest.

Chest pain coupled with short breath/ increased heart rate can be a symptom of a heart attack. If you are at rest and you are suddenly short of breath for a long time, or it gets increasingly worse, you could be having a heart attack and you need immediate medical attention. Shortness of breath can also wake you up in the middle of your sleep. 

Fatigue: Unexplained and increasing fatigue and tiredness are one of the subtlest symptoms of a heart problem.  Constant fatigue or tiredness throughout the day may be a sign of heart failure.

Dizziness, Fainting, Lightheadedness: These are subtler signs of potentially dangerous heart issues. It could be a sign that your heart cannot keep up and pump enough blood where it’s needed. The reduced blood flow to the brain could cause a sudden loss of consciousness. These are serious symptoms and could signify issues with an abnormal heart rate or with your heart’s ability to pump blood such as Digestion Issues, Other Body Pain, Weight Gain, Fluid Buildup. 

Lifestyle: A sedentary lifestyle (no exercise), smoking and obesity are three of the five major risk factors for heart disease which are modifiable. These risk factors are entirely preventable by making changes in how you live. Even small changes can improve your health and greatly reduce your risk of a heart attack or heart failure. Keep the factors in mind, keep yourself healthy and mindful and give attention to your heart, just the way it deserves it.

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