Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) were responsible for death of 17.5 million people in the year 2012 across the globe, which represents 31% of all global deaths during the year. The number includes estimated 7.4 million deaths caused by coronary heart disease and 6.7 million deaths due to stroke. In USA heart diseases caused 611,105 lives in 2013 which was approximately 25% of all deaths.
The threat posed by cardiovascular disease warrants early detection and management using counseling and medicines, as appropriate. However, the biggest challenge in doing so is the fact that not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. You will not always find an alarming chest clutch as we observe in the movies which are followed by a fall to the floor. Some of the symptoms don’t even suggest that there may be something wrong with the heart, and before you realize it is already very late.
Let’s have a close look at the warning signals those may be due to some cardiovascular disease you might be having, and should be checked with a medical expert to ensure that you get proper support.
- Discomfort in Chest
Chest discomfort is the most common indication or warning signal of Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). If a person is having a blocked artery, or is having a heart attack, then he may feel pain, tightness or pressure in his chest. The feeling may be different for different persons, Some may feel that a heavy animal like Elephant is sitting on him, and some other may feel pinching or burning sensation.
The feeling which may usually lasts for longer than a few minutes. It may happen when you are sitting doing nothing, or when you’re doing some physical activity like playing or doing some other physical work.
However, discomfort or slight pain is not always relates to Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). If it’s just a very brief pain, or if it’s a spot that hurts more when you touch or push on it — it’s probably not your heart. As a safeguard and in your interest it is always advisable to get yourself checked up out by a qualified doctor. In case symptoms are severe please don’t waste a single minute and call for medical assistance immediately.
Also, keep in mind you can have heart problems — even a heart attack — without chest pain. That’s particularly common among women.
- Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain
Some of the warning signals of Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), don’t look even remotely connected with it. The examples under this category of symptoms are Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or stomach pain, or even vomiting. This makes it very difficult for person to even realize that he might be having CVD or a heart attack. Women are more likely to report this type of symptom than men are.
No doubt that above symptoms can be due to an upset stomach, but you need to be aware that it can also happen during a heart attack. So if you feel that there was nothing unusual in your food that you ate last night or in your previous meal then consult a doctor. Let the doctor to find out what’s that what is going on in your body. This is more important if you also have any of the other symptoms on this list.
- Pain spreading to Arm
This is a classic symptom relating to Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which is feeling of pain that radiates down the left side of the body. This pain almost always starts from the chest and moves outward. However, in few cases it may be only arm pain also.
Therefore, in case you find any other symptom discussed in this article also present, then consult a doctor.
- Feeling Dizzy
There can be lot many reasons for you to feel Dizzy or Lightheaded like improper diet, improper sleep, or you stood up too fast. But if you suddenly feel unsteady and you also have chest discomfort or shortness of breath, call a doctor right away, because this may be due to Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).
The symptom surface when your blood pressure drops because your heart is not able to pump the way it should.
- Throat or Jaw Pain
Throat or jaw pain in isolation is probably not related to Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), as it normally caused by a muscular issue, a cold, or a sinus problem.
But, if you have pain or pressure starts in the center of your chest and which then spreads up into your throat or jaw, this could be a serious warning signal of a heart attack. Seek medical attention immediately to make sure that everything is all right.
- Getting Exhausted Easily
One of the most common warning signal of Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) is sudden feeling of fatigue or winded after doing something you had no problem doing in the past for example- climbing few stairs, walking or carrying groceries from the car. While getting exhausting may be due to multiple factors, but talking to a doctor can ensure that you know the root cause of your problem. Extreme exhaustion or unexplained weakness, sometimes for days at a time, can be a symptom of a heart attack, especially for women.
This is most important signal of a Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Breaking out in a cold sweat for no obvious reason could signal a heart attack. If this happens along with any of these other symptoms, call 911 to get to a hospital right away. Don’t try to drive yourself.
- Long lasting Cough
Cough in normal cases is not a sign of Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). But if you are aware that you have heart disease or know you’re at risk, you should pay special attention to the possibility.
If your cough is long lasting and produce a white or pink mucus, it could be a sign of heart failure. This happens when the heart can’t keep up with the body’s demands, causing blood to leak back into the lungs.
Ask your doctor to check on what’s causing your cough.
- Swelling in Legs, Feet, and Ankles
Swelling in your Legs, Feet and Ankles indicates that your heart is effectively pumping blood as effectively as it should. It is important to note that when heart cannot pump fast enough, blood backs up in the veins and cause bloating.
Heart failure can also make it harder for the kidneys to remove extra water and sodium from the body, which can lead to bloating.
- Irregular Heart Beat
While it is fairly normal for your heart to race when you are nervous or excited, or to skip or add a beat once in a while, but if you feel like your heart is beating out of time for more than just a few seconds, or if it happens often, tell your doctor.
The above symptom is mostly caused by too much caffeine or inadequate sleep. But occasionally, it could signal a condition called Atrial fibrillation that needs treatment. Consult your doctor immediately.
Please pay attention to above symptoms, stay healthy and take medical assistance whenever you face above symptoms in isolation or in combination to keep your chances excellent against most deadly silent killer.