7 Common Symptoms of Heart Problems

14 October, 2018
Do you think you may have heart problems? Learn about the symptoms and don't hesitate to go and see a doctor if you think you may have issues.

Do you maybe suspect that something is not quite right with your heart? In this article we’re going to look at 7 symptoms of heart problems to help you to see whether you need to go for a check up.

Symptoms of heart problems

When it comes to health, the most important organ in the body is the heart. After all, it’s the engine that keeps us alive. However, looking after this organ is easier than you might think.

Heart problems have become increasingly common because of bad habits that can harm our health. These problems don’t usually show up overnight. Instead, they’re usually the result of poor dietary practices, unhealthy habits and downplaying the warning signs.

The reasons why your heart may be damaged vary:

  • Bad nutrition
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Lack of rest

You should go immediately to a specialist once the possible symptoms of heart problems first appear.

1. Chest pain or angina

One of the most obvious symptoms of heart problems is chest pain, or angina.

Woman with chest pains

Chest pain can stem from different health conditions. However, you should pay close attention if it becomes intense and cause a feeling of heaviness and contraction.

When chest pain is caused by a heart condition, this organ receives blood with little oxygen. That’s why it’s important to get help as soon as possible.

See also: What to Do When You Experience Chest Pain

2. Arrhythmias

Our heartbeats are regular most of the time. We normally don’t even notice heartbeats when they’re healthy and regular. However, if you notice that your heartbeats are very fast, very slow or have irregular changes, consult a doctor because your heart isn’t clearly working as it should.

3. Sleep apnea

Sometimes, sleep apnea is overlooked, but this may be a symptom that your heart isn’t functioning properly. This problem stops air from entering the body while you sleep and can cause heart attacks due to insufficient oxygen supply to the brain and heart. Even if you have had sleep apnea only for a short time, you must be careful.

4. Swollen fegs and Feet

Problems with swollen feet

Do you eat lots of salt? Have you walked more than you normally do recently? It’s common for your legs and feet to swell in both of these cases. However, they should return to their normal size in a few days.

If this isn’t the case then it may be a symptom of a fluid retention caused by heart failure or an arterial condition.

5. Shaking and shortness of breath

It’s not normal for you to have to constantly fight for breath or for you to frequently feel tired and breathless. If this happens for no particular reason, you should ask yourself whether your heart is working properly.

In this sense, it’s important for you to monitor your habits. If you’ve changed your routine, or started a new physical activity in the past couple of days, this lack of air may be normal.

6. Sexual dysfunction

Sex problems in bed

One of the earliest warning signs of possible heart disease is erectile dysfunction, especially in patients between 40-50 years old. If you have another condition or if you’re over 50, it’s important for you to go see a doctor you trust.

In this way, he will be able to determine if your sexual dysfunction is caused by a heart problem or some other condition.

7. Broken heart syndrome

The pain one feels when suffering from this syndrome is similar to or greater than what you experience during a heart attack. However, it’s a temporary condition that, strangely, affects very healthy people.

This syndrome has been detected in patients without a history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor diet or evidence of living a sedentary lifestyle.

Patients with this condition experience an increase in the amount of catecholamines, which are substances similar to adrenaline, released in their body. This happens after a profound mental disturbance.

The sudden increase of catecholamines is due to the fact that the body seeks to release substances that lead the body to get back to a neutral state again after experiencing high levels of anxiety and stress. 

Luckily, this condition is temporary and does not lead to permanent damage in 90% of cases.

General tips to keep your heart healthy

  • Firstly, always try to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating well, exercising and taking care of your mental health.
  • Secondly, if you notice any strange symptoms, don’t hesitate to consult a specialist. There are many symptoms of heart problems that shouldn’t be ignored.
  • And, finally, pay attention to symptoms that seem to occur regularly. There are many medical tests that can detect diseases related to these symptoms immediately. In fact, sometimes a simple blood test is enough to detect heart abnormalities.