Print Edition - 2018-05-03  |  Health and Living

Can you miss the signs of heart disease or a heart attack?

  • Live Well

May 3, 2018-

The classic warning signs of heart disease and heart attacks are chest pain, often described as a feeling of pressure or a tight band around the chest, and shortness of breath during physical exertion that subsides when you’re at rest. But symptoms may be more subtle. If you find yourself suddenly struggling to carry out normal daily activities, breaking out in a sweat, or becoming nauseated when walking or going upstairs, the first thing you should think of is your heart. Seek medical care immediately; you could be having a heart attack, the first symptom of heart disease for many.  Other symptoms to pay attention to include pain in the neck, jaw, back or shoulders; vomiting or gastrointestinal symptoms; swelling in the ankles, legs and feet, which can be an indication of heart failure; and heart palpitations or a fluttering in your chest, which may indicate an abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia and be accompanied by lightheadedness, dizziness or near fainting. Even if you have no family history of cardiovascular disease, you may be at risk because of advancing age, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, chronic conditions like diabetes, stress and anxiety or depression, social isolation or excess body weight, particularly abdominal fat.

Published: 03-05-2018 07:51

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