We might have read all the signs of heart attack, listed on websites or blogs making us think we know all signs related to heart failure. But what if there were more other earlier signs that could alert you ahead of time that your heart is in trouble?
Researchers have done alot of work in recent years looking at the signs and symptoms patient experience months before heart attack. The heart is one big muscle, and when it start to fail the symptoms can show up in some part of the body.
Here are five clues you need to check out:
Five Sign To Check For Heart Failure
1. Neck pain
When you feel like you pulled a muscle in the side of your neck, give it a thought , especially if the pain doesn’t go away. Post-heart attack, some patients remember noticing that their neck hurt and felt tight, a symptoms they attribute at the time to muscle strain. People commonly miss this symptoms because they expect it as a temporary pain.
Women are less likely to experience heart pain that way, and more likely to feel twinges of pain and sensation of tightness along their shoulder and down the neck also into the left shoulder and arm.
The neck pain are felt because nerve from damaged heart tissue send pain signal up and down the spinal cord. And it doesn’t go away with ice, heat, or muscle massage.
2. Sexual problems
Having trouble achieving or keeping erections is common in men with coronary artery disease, but may not make the connection. One survey of European men being treated for cardiovascular disease found that two out of three had suffered from erectile dysfunction for months or years before they were diagnosed with heart problems.
In recent years there’s been pretty clear evidence that there’s substantially increased risk of heart attack and death in patients with erectile dysfunction.
3. Dizziness ,Faintness, Or Shortbreath
More than 40 percent of women in one study published in circulation; Journal of the American Heart Association reported having experienced shortness of breath in the days before a heart attack. You may feel like you can’t breath while walking upstairs, vucuuming, weeding the garden or doing other activities that trouble you. This is a reason to be alert.
This come in place when enough blood isn’t getting through your arteries to carry sufficient oxygen to the heart. The heart muscle pain of angina may also make it hurt to draw a deep breath. The sudden sensation of not being able to take deep breath is often the first of angina, a type of muscle pain.
If shortness of breath is cause by lung disease, it usually comes on gradually as lung tissus is damaged by smoking or environmental factors. If heart or cardiovascular disease is the cause, shortness in breath comes much more suddenly with exertion and go away when you rest.
4. Indisgestion, Nausea or Heartburn
Althoigh most of us expect pain from any conditions relayed to the heart to occur in the chest, it may actually occur in the abdomen instead. Some people, particularly women, experience the pain as heartburn or sensation of over-fullness and choking. About of severe indigestion and nausea can be an early sign of heart attack, or myocardical infarction, particularly in women.
In one study, women were more than twice as likely as men to experience vomiting, nausea, and indigestion for several months before heart attack. This is because blockages caused by fatty deposits in an artery can reduce or cut off the blood supply to the heart, cause tightness and pain.
5. Jaw And Ear pain
Ongoing jaw pain is one of those mysterious and nagging symptoms that can have several causes but sometimes be a clue to coronary artery disease (CAD) and impending heart attack. The pain travel for jaw all the way to your ear.
This is a symptoms doctors have only recently began to focus on, because many patients surveyed post-heart attack report that this is the only symptoms they noticed in the days and weeks leading up to the attack. It is due to the fact that damaged heart tissue sends pain signal to the jaw and up to the ear.
Any of these signs is the more reason to call your doctor for a workup. Visit your doctor immediately as soon as you notice any of these signs.
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