Many people experience symptoms of a heart disease and there are definite signs that suggest disease of the blood vessels, arrhythmias, structural defects of the heart, infections of the heart and valve disorders.
The common symptoms of heart disease are chest pain, rapid heartbeat and anxiety, but there are some less-common symptoms that are often overlooked. These signs may occur earlier and their recognition can lead to faster and more successful treatment.
Don't miss the following signs that suggest that something is amiss with your heart.
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, a heart disease can rarely cause changes in physical appearance. Heart disease can interfere with blood flow that can cause problems with the fingernails, toenails and body hair. Sometimes, you may experience thinning or loss of the hair and nails. Moreover, cuts, wounds or injuries (particularly in the lower body) may not heal well or easily become infected.
Issues related to breathing are never considered a signal of a heart disease, although they are a rare symptom of certain types of heart disease. If a baby experiences breathing difficulty while drinking from a bottle or nursing, it may be a heart defect present at birth. Being short of breath while you are at rest is sometimes a sign of significant damage or defects of the heart.
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, muscle problem is one of the rare symptoms of heart disease. Muscle disorders are characterised by difficulty in controlling movements during physical activity and sudden cramps in the muscles of the lower legs (claudication).
Neurological problems such as fainting without warning may be a heart disease sign. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, disease of the carotid artery can cause neurological problems, including confusion, poor coordination and even paralysis.
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, problems with the skin are rare symptoms of heart disease. Those with a heart disease may have a blue colour to their skin owing to poor blood flow (referred to as cyanosis). Moreover, one of your legs/arms can feel warmer than the other.
A disease of the valve or muscle as well as an infection or arrhythmia can cause fatigue. Fatigue usually sets in after physical activity or during times of rest and manifests as more of a weakness.
In disorders of the blood vessels, and valves or with arrhythmic divergences, there can be extreme pain. Not sharp, shooting aches every time, but something as a dull discomfort within the chest.
Heart disease may cause swelling of the hands, feet, ankles and legs. Swelling is associated with diseases of the valves and muscles. With heart defects, swelling might manifest in the abdomen and eyes.
Aforementioned symptoms are less-common and mimic symptoms of some unrelated diseases too. These rare symptoms can make it difficult to diagnose heart disease and the treatment is often delayed; but they are strong indications Recognize the lesser-known symptoms of heart conditions as they can help you receive the medical care needed.
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