Heart disease has the highest mortality rate compared to any type of cancer or chronic disease. It’s expected that 23 million people will die of heart failure by 2030 according to a report from the World Health Organization.
There are several factors that lead to cardiac disease. The most common include poor diet, inactivity, smoking, pollution, and genetics. However, the high fatality rate is due to the fact that people often disregard the early warning signs their body sends and wait for too long before they seek medical attention.
The article here focuses on 10 early symptoms of cardiac disease. Although these can resemble symptoms of other, less serious conditions, don’t exclude discussing them with your physician.
10 Warning Signs of Cardiac Disease You Shouldn’t Ignore
Fatigue is most often found in women during a heart attack or days, hours and even weeks before. Apart from cardiac arrest, this symptom can also indicate some cardiac deficiency. Be aware that chronic fatigue can also be a sign of another disease or health issue. Therefore, it should never be ignored as insignificant.
2# Dizziness and difficulty breathing
Dizziness and difficulty breathing can often result in fainting and are the most common signs of heart failure. They can also indicate heart abnormalities, such as arrhythmia.
3# Chest pain
Although many relate it to heart attack directly, chest pain does not always indicate this condition. According to Jean C. McSweeney, a researcher at the University of Arkansas School of Medical Science and Disease, chest pain is the first symptom people look for, however, it doesn’t appear in every case. The chest pain that accompanies cardiac arrest feels like “an elephant sitting on your chest.” It can also feel like uncomfortable pressure on your chest or fullness.
4# Nausea or lack of appetite
Heart attack is normally accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Lack of appetite can also result from abdominal bloating linked to cardiac insufficiency.
5# Irregular pulse
Although your pulse can change occasionally, when it’s accompanied by weakness, dizziness, or difficulty breathing, it can indicate cardiac arrest, cardiac insufficiency or arrhythmia.
6# Short of breath
Being short of breath, even when resting, is the most common symptom of lung disease, including asthma or chronic pulmonary obstruction. In addition, shortness of breath can also indicate a heart attack or cardiac insufficiency. In cases of a heart attack, this symptom often appears along with chest pain, though not always.
7# Pain in different parts of the body
Even though chest pain is the most common pain experienced during a heart attack, this pain can spread into the arms, elbows, spine, neck, jaw or abdomen. In most cases the pain doesn’t appear in the chest at all, but only in other areas of the body.
8# Pale or sick looking
A heart attack is often preceded with paleness or greyness. In fact, the person appears sick because the blood pressure drops.
A serious sign of an impending heart attack is breaking out into cold sweat, especially when resting.
Cardiac insufficiency often leads to water retention in the body, which results in swelling in the feet, ankles, legs and abdomen.
Knowing the early symptoms of heart diseases is the best prevention.