Stroke is the 2nd most common cause of death worldwide and leads to chronic disability (1).

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If you are 60 years or older, suffer from diabetes, high cholesterol level or high blood pressure, there are a few signs your body show, which should never be ignored. Not all heart problems come up with specific signs. It’s very important to know what signs are signalling stroke. It is said, in stroke, the longer you take to seek the treatment more are the chances of permanent damage. More you fall under the risk factor category, more concerned you should be of the symptoms related with heart.

These 11 Heart Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Below are detailed few symptoms of heart you should never ignore.

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is the most common sign of heart danger. If a person has a blocked artery or is having a heart attack, there is a feeling of pain, tightness, and pressure in the chest.

The nature of the pain varies in different people. Some say they feel as if something heavy is put on the chest, while some feel pinching or burning feeling.

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The feeling lasts for a few minutes and can happen when you are at rest or doing something of physical exertion.

A stroke can happen even without chest pain.

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Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Or Stomach Pain

Some people experience nausea, heartburn, stomach pain, and even vomiting during a heart attack.

All these symptoms are of an upset stomach which comes when you eat some inappropriate, but you should also know that these signal a heart attack.

So if any such symptom occurs and you fall in the risk of heart disease, consult a doctor and let him diagnose the condition.

Pain Spreading To The Arm

This is another pointing symptom of a heart attack. The chest pain radiates to the left arm. Sometimes there is just an arm pain which turns out to be a heart attack.

Dizzy Feeling and Lightheadedness

There is a lot of condition which may make you feel dizzy, lightheaded and faint such as anemia, eating too less or having low blood pressure. But if you get this feeling with chest discomfort or shortness of breath, contact a doctor immediately.

Throat and Jaw Pain

The throat and jaw pain which starts in the chest could be a sign of heart attack. You should seek medical attention to make sure all is well. Throat or jaw pain could also be a sign of respiratory illness such as the cold or a sinus problem.

Fatigued Feeling

If you have started getting tired easily or feel fatigued doing things which you had no problem doing before, it could be something serious. Make an appointment with your doctor right away. Extreme exhaustion and weakness which stays for days could be a symptom for heart disease.

Snoring

Snoring a little while sleeping is normal. But if you snore loudly and it sounds like gasping or choking, it is a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition when you stop breathing for brief moments while you are sleeping. This stresses the heart. A doctor can check whether or not you need a sleep study for this condition.

Sweating

Sudden cold sweat without any reason can be a signal for a heart attack. If it coming along with the other mentioned symptoms, do not delay going to an emergency for the condition

A Cough Which Is Not Going

A long-lasting cough producing white or pink mucus could be a sign of heart failure. It happens when the heart is not able to meet the demands of the body which result in leakage of the blood back to the lungs. A long-lasting cough can also be a sign of other illnesses, but it is good to get it checked with a specialist.

Swelling in Legs Ankle and Feet

When the heart is not able to pump blood properly i.e. it is slow in it, the blood gets collected in the veins causing bloating. Also, heart failure makes it hard for the kidneys to remove excess water and sodium from the body. This causes swelling of the extremities.

Irregular Heartbeat

Heartbeats go up during strenuous activity and also when you are nervous or excited, you tend to miss a beat once in a while. In case you have this feeling of missing a beat or heartbeat going up and down frequently, then it’s time to get serious about your health. It could be due to atrial fibrillation which needs to be treated.

All the above signs and symptoms need to be taken seriously. They can arise due to other health conditions as well, but there is no harm in getting consulted for an accurate diagnosis.

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: June 15, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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