Unfortunately it's true that with aging our body slows down all processes. Organs wear out bit by bit, being affected by numerous diseases, harmful agents and environmental factors. In addition to this, we often aggravate our health issues by following sedentary lifestyle, eating fat foods, binge drinking and smoking.
Your heart is a powerful pump, which normally supports delivery of oxygenated blood to all organs. The bad new is that it is one of the most vulnerable parts of your body.
Cardiovascular disease was recognized as a leading death cause among Americans.
In vast majority of cases it occurs, when heart muscle doesn't get enough blood. Lack of oxygen may result in death of cells.
Coronary arteries are the vessels, which supply your heart with blood. Unhealthy lifestyle, together with heredity, can trigger formation of fatty plaques inside the vessels (atherosclerosis).
Extreme narrowing of the coronary arteries can significantly reduce blood flow to the heart, causing angina pectoris.
There is a wide variety of other troubles, like arrhythmias, infection and congenital defects, which can impair heart functioning.
Here are the most common signs, which show that your heart doesn't work well:
#1. Chest pain – it is the classics of the heart attack, often shown in the movies and pamphlets. If you feel brief pain in one spot, which becomes more sensible, when you touch it, it's most probably not about heart problem. Heart-related pain is felt like pressure, tightness and burning that usually lasts more than a few minutes.
#2. Dyspnea, or shortness of breath – most of people with heart problems experience breathlessness during physical activity, but it can also wake you up at night, when sleeping. It may be difficult to breath, when lying down, as heart can't cope with load of the blood and can’t pump it properly. This leads to congestion of the blood within the pulmonary veins and to leakage of the fluid into the lungs.
#3. Nausea, vomiting – these symptoms are frequently caused by infection or food poisoning. Several studies found that you may also feel sick because of the heart problems.
#4. Extreme fatigue – unhealthy heart can't provide body's needs for blood supply. That's why it takes blood from muscles, limbs and other less vital parts of the body, sending it to the heart and brain. As a result, patients with heart failure suffer from inexplicable constant tiredness and lightheadedness.
#5. Edema – improper heart functioning leads to buildup of fluid in the tissues, especially in the lower extremities. It may appear difficult even to put your shoes on because of the swelling in the legs. Furthermore, fluid can also accumulate in the abdomen, causing rapid weight gain.
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