Heart disease is the leading cause of death. But many cases can be saved if people know how to decode the symptoms and talk to their doctor very quickly. Here are the 15 alarm signals that may indicate that you have a heart problem :
1- Pain in the chest: This is the first symptom that the doctor is looking for. And more specifically, the pain under the sternum, a little to the left of the center of the chest. This pain is compared to an elephant sitting on the chest, or an uncomfortable feeling of pressure or tightness. The pain of the chest during sport is called angina pectoris. It is a symptom of a chronic disease of the coronary arteries.
2- Sudden Sweating: A sudden cold sweat is a common symptom of heart attack.
3- Shortness of breath: People who are out of breath at rest and with the least effort may have lung problems such as asthma or a disease that obstructs the lungs. But it can also be a sign of heart failure or heart attack.
4- Dizziness: Heart attacks can cause dizziness and loss of consciousness. Arrhythmias (heart rhythm abnormalities) are very dangerous.
5- Fatigue can also indicate a heart problem: Unusual fatigue can occur days or even weeks before a heart attack. The heart can not pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body’s tissues. He turns him away from the muscles and sends him to the vital organs: the brain and the heart.
6- Weakness: A few days before a heart attack, a feeling of great fatigue, unexplained, may arise.
7- Fast or irregular pulsations: To compensate for the loss of pumping capacity, the heart beats faster. Fast or irregular pulsations accompanied by fatigue, weakness, dizziness and shortness of breath are evidence of heart failure or heart attack. If they are not treated, some arrhythmias are also the cause of sudden death.
8- Pain in the body: The heart attack begins with chest pain but can extend to the shoulders, arms, elbows, neck, jaw or abdomen. Sometimes the pain reaches these parts of the body without touching the chest.
9- Indigestion, nausea and loss of appetite: It is not uncommon for people who have a heart attack to have a stomach ache and vomit. The digestive system receives less blood and causes problems with digestion. Abdominal swelling with heart failure impairs the appetite.
10- Swelling: A heart attack can cause excess fluid in the tissues and therefore swelling often in the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen. There is weight gain despite loss of appetite.
11- Persistent cough: An accumulation of fluids in the lungs is symptomatic of a heart attack.
12- Confusion and disturbed thinking: The change in the level of certain substances in the blood, like that of sodium, causes confusion, loss of memory and feeling of disorientation.
13- Sexual dysfunction can also indicate a heart problem : Sexual disorders can be due to heart problems. They arrive when the blood vessels are not working well.
14- Snoring and sleep apnea: People with obstructed airways, sleep apnea or snoring are at high risk for heart disease.
15- Intense Anxiety: A heart that beats very quickly and is out of breath is also a sign of an anxiety attack. This is an indicator of a heart attack. In fact, the heart attack induces intense anxiety and a feeling of fear of death. Survivors of heart attacks speak of a threatening feeling of great loss.