Most of us are aware of the common signs of heart disease, such as chest pains and shortness of breath, but there are some other insidious signs that may let you know you are a candidate for heart disease and should take extra steps to remain heart healthy.
- Unusual fatigue
As we age, we are bound to feel more tired, and if you are obese, fatigue is usually exaggerated and may be a real problem. But if you start to feel unusual fatigue, especially if its onset is sudden, you should consult your doctor.
- Sleep disturbance
This is another one of those age related problems that many people simply learn to accept as they age. But if you have been having more problems than usual staying asleep, treat this as a warning.
- Shortness of breath
People who experience shortness of breath are 3 to 5 times more likely to die from heart disease than those who do not exhibit this symptom.
- Chest pain
This is clear and obvious, but it is surprising how many people can ignore this important symptom as strain from activity, or a “little indigestion”.
Speaking of indigestion, unless you have a very valid reason to believe your stomach is the culprit, you should be wary about ignoring any burning, painful sensations in the abdominal area.
Anxiousness over physical events can cause palpitations and a tight feeling in the chest area. If there is nothing happening that could cause these feelings, and you are experiencing unexplained anxiety, you should be aware that this could be a sign of a heart problem.
- Pain in shoulder blade or upper back
Heart disease is not just felt in the heart. Our bodies are interconnected, and the entire region of the chest will feel strain if your heart is being strained.
- Neck and jaw pain
Don’t ignore unexplained pain in these areas, either. Heart disease can lead to constrictions in the area around the carotid artery, signaling potential danger.
- Eyelid blemishes
People who have xanthelasma, raised yellow cholesterol lumps on the corners of the eyes are 39 percent more likely to develop heart disease than others without the condition.10. Skinny legs. Thin legs indicate a lack of muscle mass, which in turn lowers the body’s ability to use insulin, which contributes to heart disease.
We should all be taking the proper steps to prevent heart disease and heart attacks, such as eating a healthy diet and getting the right amount of exercise. But if you are showing any of the above signs, you need to be even more vigilant about your lifestyle, and you should also point out these symptoms to your doctor, so that tests can be done to find out if you are exhibiting the beginning stages of heart disease, and what you can do about it.