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6 Subtle But Serious Signs You Have A Cardiovascular Issue

Chest pain isn't the only indicator of heart disease. Here are other symptoms you should look out for.

2/23/2021 2:31:00 PM

Chest pain isn't the only indicator of heart disease. Here are other symptoms you should look out for.

Chest pain isn't the only indicator of heart disease. Here are other symptoms you should look out for.

.“If your heart loses its ability to pump blood to the rest of the body — either through weakened cardiac muscles or damage to heart tissue from a silent heart attack — blood flow can slow down and get backed up in the legs leading to swelling,” she said.

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Shortness of breathAs mentioned, some people won’t experience chest pains when dealing with heart issues. While this can happen to anyone, Bishara said this isparticularly true for those with diabetes. Instead, they may experience trouble breathing.“Because diabetes affects and blunts nerve sensations, [someone who is diabetic] with a serious heart condition may never experience symptoms of chest pain,” she said. “This is why shortness of breath should never be ignored — especially if it’s a new onset.”

FatigueA tired feeling that you just can’t seem to shake might be another subtle sign of heart issues, according to Bishara. Especially if it has seemingly come out of nowhere.“If fatigue symptoms are an acute onset or without any identifiable underlying cause, consult with your doctor,” she said.

Unexplained upper back, left shoulder or arm painBishara said these pains “should not be ignored, as they also may be signs of a heart blockage or impending heart attack. Back symptoms are frequent in women and may sometimes be the only symptom.”This is particularly true if the pain is random (for example, you didn’t strain something during exercise).

Palpitations that come out of nowhereThe timing of such palpitations matters just as much as the symptom itself. Keep in mind that exercise, caffeine and anxiety can all cause a quickened pulse. However, say you’reand your heart starts racing, that could be a sign that something is wrong. Dizziness and lightheadedness can also be symptoms.

Jaw painCardioVascular Health Clinicin Oklahoma,said he has had patients complain about jaw pain that they initially believed to be linked to their teeth. Later they learned it was related to angina, which can be a cardiac issue.“The nerves that innervate your heart and pick up the sensation of pain are the same nerves that pick up the same sensation for orthopedic issues, gastrointestinal issues, and dental issues; it’s the same distribution of nerves,” he said. “People who have heart issues many times will say they felt pain in their jaw. That’s why no symptoms should be pushed to the side because it could represent a cardiac symptom.”

Getty ImagesSeek medical attention if you’re experiencing the symptoms detailed in this article and consider changing some lifestyle habits.What you should do if you’re having these symptomsIf you find yourself experiencing any of these issues, it’s best to seek medical care. (If you believe you’re having a heart attack or stroke, definitely call 911.)

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Smith said that your doctor will first ask you questions about your lifestyle habits and behaviors to assess your risk factors. From there, you may undergo an exam (or could be referred to a cardiologist) to get a better look at what’s going on.There are also things you should do outside of your doctor’s office.

, a volunteer medical expert for American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement and cardiologist in New York, recommended taking steps to improve your overall heart health.The first is to keep an eye on your blood pressure.A normal range is at or below 120/80

.“High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “Watching your diet and exercise, and incorporating stress management are key components of lowering your blood pressure.”Cholesterol also plays an important role.

For adults, total cholesterol should be around 200 or below (the lower the better). LDL cholesterol (known as bad cholesterol) should be less than 100 for women and men. HDL (the good cholesterol) should be at 40 or higher for men and 50 or higher for women.

“High cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. Cholesterol can often be managed with dietary changes, increasing the amount of vegetables, whole grains, fruits as well as incorporating healthy fats. Cutting back on saturated fats is also an important part of this.”

Finally, try as best as you can to get some movement you enjoy. The American Heart Association recommends around 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. (Here’s a list of activities that you can do to reach this goal― no boring cardio required!)

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“Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love,” Steinbaum said. “Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.” Read more: HuffPost »

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