Is Your Heart Sending Warning Signs?

By Sara Butler

If you go solely off of television and movies, then it seems like heart trouble is made clear to you by pain in the chest that is automatically recognized as an emergency. If only things were as simple in real life as they are in the movies. The fact is that the signs of heart disease are much more subtle and oftentimes may go unnoticed. But if you have heart disease, your heart is trying to send you signals. Here are some of the signs you should be on the lookout for.

Fatigue

Feeling more rundown than you usually do could be a sign of your heart not performing as it should and pumping enough oxygen-rich blood through your body. Many people who are diagnosed with heart disease may look back and recognize that they were fatigued or had lower energy levels than normal.

If you experience fatigue for longer than a few days, then you should get it checked out just to be on the safe side.

Unusual Pain or Swelling

If you suffer from unusual swelling or pain in your abdomen or legs, then it might be a sign of heart issues. Never ignore swelling that persists in the lower part of your body and see a healthcare professional as soon as you can.

Hearing Issues

Studies have found a connection between hearing loss and heart disease. It's thought that because heart disease impairs blood flow that the inner ear is affected and hearing loss can occur. The tiny organs in your inner ear are sensitive and may be one of the first body parts impacted by heart disease, so make sure you don't ignore hearing issues you may notice. After 40 you should have your hearing tested each year.

Heaviness in the Chest

Instead of the classic sharp chest pain, sometimes a heart attack can feel as if you have a large rock on your chest. Heart attacks aren't always accompanied by chest pain. Many times signs and symptoms are much more subtle. It's nearly impossible for someone to determine whether they're having a heart attack on their own, so don't wait to get help if you suspect that the uncomfortable feeling in your chest is due to issues with your heart. It's much better to err on the side of safety than it is to ignore it and have a bad outcome.

Don't ignore the signs your heart is trying to send you. Get any suspicions you have checked out as soon as you can.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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