Many times, we feel unwell but don’t really think of as the symptoms seem minor and not really worrying; however, you may need to start reconsidering what you think of as “minor health symptoms”. In recent studies, Dr John Erwin, a cardiologist from Texas A&M Health Science Center, found 6 symptoms of heart failure that otherwise would’ve seemed unimportant. According to him, when our heart and arteries start to fail, symptoms manifest all over our body, even in parts that may seem unrelated!
Sexual dysfunction is often attributed to reproductive organs or brain activity. However, it could be a common symptom of arterial disease, especially in men. Plaque build-up in arteries can cause difficulties in achieving or maintaining an erection!
While these 2 seem so unrelated, many times they can be quite serious. Sleep apnea, which is period of sleep where you stop breathing, is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Also, snoring can be a sign of irregular heart rate that may cause poor blood flow.
Probably no one ever thought of bleeding gums as related to heart failure, but well here you go. Persistent gum bleeding can be a sign of Periodontis – very serious gum inflammation that may damage jaw – and this inflammation may spread across the body. Such a case can develop atherosclerotic heart disease and heart attack.
Most people say they feel arm or chest pains before a heart attack. However, many heart attack victims don’t feel the usual symptoms. Instead, sufferers may feel achiness or pains around the neck, jaw, and shoulder areas.
Now don’t start panicking just yet. Puffy feet and hands can be caused by something as small as the heat. However, if this swelling does not get resolved overnight, but persists and becomes constant, it may be a sign of congestive heart failure.
Persistent gastrointestinal problems such as a combination of indigestion, heartburn, intractable hiccups, and nausea can be a sign of heart failure. Also, sweating, short breaths, and lightheadedness can accompany such symptoms.