7 Symptoms That Indicate Your Heart Isn’t Functioning Properly

· May 25, 2017
Do you think you may have heart problems? Learn about the symptoms and never hesitate to see a doctor if you think you may have issues.

Do you suspect that your heart isn’t working properly?

In this article, we’re going to tell you what to look out for to determine whether this organ is functioning poorly.

Why should you worry if your heart isn’t functioning properly?

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.

Looking after your this organ is easier than you might think.

However, heart problems have become increasingly common because of bad habits that 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

It’s very necessary to go to a specialist once the symptoms appear.


1. Chest pain or chest angina

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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.

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 condition may be a symptom that your heart isn’t functioning properly.

This problem stops airs 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 for a short time, you must be careful. This is because it can affect your and your partner’s sleep quality.

4. Swollen Legs and Feet

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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 state in a few days.

However, you should make sure that the swelling is not constant. If this is 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 feel tired and breathless very often. If this happens for no reason you should ask yourself if your heart is working properly.

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

6. Sexual dysfunction

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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 your trusted doctor.

This way, together you can determine if your sexual dysfunction is caused by some heart problem or another 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

  • Try to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating well, exercising and taking care of your mental health.
  • If you notice any strange symptoms, don’t hesitate to consult a specialist. Our heart often shows many signs of possible problems that shouldn’t be ignored.
  • 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.