Heart disease is an umbrella term that includes heart failure, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, angina, and other heart-related infections, irregularities, and birth defects. Heart disease is something that most people regard as a it’s-not-going-to-happen-to-me disease, especially if you’re thin and slender. Its a fat people disease right? Wrong! Yes, I agree fat people are more vulnerable to heart problems but that doesn’t let everyone else go scot-free for negligence.
Every disease or disorder comes with certain warnings and symptoms and it is really crucial that we learn to recognize them and act fast.
Symptoms of Heart Disease
Loss Of Consciousness
Bouts of syncope or loss of consciousness may occur in anyone’s life but does not always mean that there’s a underlying heart ailment. But, if you’re fainting without a probable reason, there’s a fair chance that your heart is not functioning properly. Often heart problems like faulty cardiac valves, tachycardia or bradycardia and thickening of the cardiac muscles may cause syncope.
The American Journal of cardiology says that in a number of cases heart disease show certain symptoms that appear on the skin. According to the study people suffering from Psoriasis maybe suffering from blocked arteries or cardiac valves. Not all psoriasis cases point towards a possible heart ailment, it could simply be a result of a inflammation inside the body, but it is advised that you consult a professional just to be sure. Cleveland clinic published a paper that reveals that even a minor skin rash could be a warning sign of an underlying heart problem. Infective endocarditis is an infection caused by microbes in the lining of the cardiac muscles and valves.Such rashes are not itchy and are accompanied by bouts of fever with chills, particularly at night.
Shortness of breath is often a mark of an unhealthy heart. Patients with heart problems often gasp for breath without doing hard labor and sometimes even a little physical work may leave them completely out of breath. Such symptoms should be attended to immediately.
Normally a cough is associated with lung congestion but that is not always the case.Sometimes a dry cough is a result of heart failure.Heart failure is not the same as cardiac arrest (heart stops working), it actually means that the ability of the heart to pump blood decreases.
When the left side or the left ventricle of the heart fails, fluid may accumulate in the lungs leading to a coughing mechanism. Remember, coughing is the body’d natural defense system to eliminate anything that blocks the air passage.If you have a persistent dry cough without any cold or fever, you should consult a specialist.
Not all chest pains are gas pains.It is essential you distinguish between the two. A chest pain near the heart maybe a danger signal for something worse and it is never a false alarm. Behind a minor chest pain, there might be a major heart concern like angina or stroke. A chest pain can be normally felt as sudden twitching of heart muscles, heart wringing or a pressure on the chest region. A chest pain should never be missed and demands for immediate attention.
Now, light-headedness is a very common symptom associated to a number of disease and it is difficult to say which light-headedness episode is linked to heart disorder. But, major heart problems like cardiomyopathy, heart arrhythmia may lead to frequent episodes of dizziness and light-headedness and anyone experiencing such problems should get checkups to confirm the root cause.