Heart disease is a major problem in the United States, and it’s no secret that obesity is a major contributor. Unfortunately, heart disease doesn’t discriminate; anyone can develop it. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss some of the signs you might have heart disease as suggested by Modern Heart and Vascular doctors. From testing your blood pressure to getting regular exercise, read on to learn everything you need to know about preventing heart disease.
Know the symptoms of heart disease
There are many signs that can indicate you might have heart disease,
but some of the most common include:
-Chest pain or pressure
-Shortness of breath
-Fatigue or weakness
-Angina (pain in the chest when you exercise)
-Ventricular fibrillation (a dangerous irregular heartbeat)
– ascites (fluid accumulation in the abdomen), and…
Get a check-up
Everyone should get a check-up every five years, but for people
with risk factors for heart disease, such as age, overweight or
obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes, a check-up
may be more frequent. A doctor will look at your medical history and perform a physical exam to see if you have any signs of heart disease. Some of the most common signs include: chest pain that doesn’t go away, shortness of breath, unexplained weight gain or loss, fatigue or unexplained anxiety. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to get checked out by your doctor.
Understand your risk factors for heart disease
If you have any of these signs, it’s important to see your doctor:
-Chest pain that comes and goes
-Shortness of breath
-Weight gain around the waist
-Sudden confusion or sudden mood changes
If you have two or more of these signs, it’s especially important to see your doctor.
Monitor your cholesterol levels
Cholesterol is a type of fat that helps to keep your blood vessels healthy.
When it’s too high, cholesterol can build up in your arteries and cause
heart disease. There are many ways to monitor your cholesterol levels.
Here are five signs you might have heart disease:
1. You have increased numbers on a blood test for “bad” cholesterol (LDL or “bad”).
2. You experience chest pain or other symptoms when you exercise.
3. You feel fatigued or have trouble sleeping due to chronic stress or anxiety.
4. You experience recurrent bouts of colds or flu-like illnesses despite taking antibiotics regularly.
5. Your doctor diagnoses you with coronary artery disease, a condition in which plaque builds up inside the arteries that supply the heart with blood, leading to heart attack or stroke[source: Mayo Clinic].
There are a number of signs that you might have heart disease,
which include: feeling short of breath, chest pain on exertion,
sweating a lot even when it’s cold, feeling overwhelmed or
restless after exercise, and having nausea or vomiting after exercising. If you experience any of these signs, it’s important to see your doctor for an evaluation.
Eat a heart-healthy diet
If you are over the age of 50, have a family history of heart disease, or experience any one of the following signs, it is time to get checked out for heart disease:
• A sudden increase in chest pain or pressure
• Unstable blood cholesterol levels
• A rapidly rising blood pressure level
• Shortness of breath on exertion
• Frequent episodes of coughing up blood
• Dizziness, fatigue, and lightheadedness
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor for an evaluation.
Get treatment if you have heart disease
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to get checked out:
1. Shortness of breath
2. Chest pain
3. Feeling like you can’t get enough air
4. Fatigue or weakness
5. A Rapid heartbeat or Pounding Heartbeat
6. Unexplained weight loss or gain
7. Difficulty sleeping
8. Changes in skin coloration (especially a change in the shade of your skin from light to dark)
10. Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet