What Are the Symptoms of Heart Disease?
There are general warning signs and symptoms of heart disease that help identify the risk factors that arise. The following questions give you an idea of whether you have a healthy heart – or not.
- Are you experiencing fatigue or exhaustion during normal daily activities?
- Do you have dizziness or lightheadedness frequently?
- Is your heart rate more than 100 beats per minute?
- Do you have an irregular heartbeat or sporadic pulse?
- Are you experiencing chest pain or discomfort during activity that may or may not go away with rest?
- Do you have difficulty breathing during regular activities and/or exercises?
- Do you have respiratory issues or a cough that is becoming worse?
- Are you experiencing restlessness, anxiety, or confusion?
- Are you having any changes in your sleep patterns?
- Do you have a loss of appetite or nausea?
So…Are You at Risk?
There are a numerous factors involved in the development of heart disease, but I will summarize them as simply as possible. The greater part of the danger of coronary illness is dependent upon two components: those you can’t control, and those you can control.
Risk Factors You Can’t Control:
- Age (your risk can increase as you get older)
- Gender (men are more prone to develop heart disease; however, the danger for women is increasing)
- Family history
Risk Factors You Can Control: Ways to battle health problems or issues
- Cholesterol – follow these 8 steps to control cholesterol (a free e-course)
- Activity level/exercise – click here for simple home exercises
- Smoking – follow the anti-Nike trademark: “Just Don’t Do It”
- Overweight – check out this plan to detoxify – and get more fit as you lose weight, gain more energy and vitality.
- Blood pressure – this site is a guide to how to maintain healthy blood pressure
- Diabetes – click here to see how you can reverse heart disease and diabetes naturally
- Heart disease prevention and management – go here for a free e-course to establish a foundation for a healthy heart
General Warning Signs and Symptoms
Each type of heart disease may have different symptoms, but may have similar warning signs. Some specific warning signs may indicate a more serious problem, such as stroke or heart attack. You may assume that a heart attack happens suddenly, but that’s not always the case. If you, or someone you know, is regularly experiencing any of the following symptoms, call your doctor.
- Pain or pressure in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
- Discomfort spreading or radiating to your back, jaw, throat, or arm
- Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
If you’re a woman, you may feel chest pain or discomfort, but not always. Here are some other warning signs:
- Shortness of breath
- Back or jaw pain
- Loss of appetite or heartburn
- Tiredness or weakness
- Heart flutters or palpitations.
A heart attack is caused by a blockage, usually a build-up of plaque in an artery that prevents blood flow and oxygen from reaching the heart. The longer the heart doesn’t receive blood, the greater the damage to it. In many cases, people don’t even know they’re having a heart attack.
Additionally, a heart attack doesn’t exist in a vacuum—it’s the result of a bigger problem. Read below for more important facts.
6 Important Facts About Heart Disease
1. Cancer is thought to be the number one cause of death in the United States, but in fact it is number two, right behind heart disease. Heart disease is the cause of 611,000 deaths every year in the United States—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
2. Each year more than 735,000 people suffer a heart attack in the United States. Of those people, 15% (110,250) of them will die from it.
3. Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack.
4. It’s a no-brainer that high cholesterol and blood pressure are contributing factors to heart disease, but additional factors include smoking, diabetes, and not getting enough exercise.
5. Since 1984, more women than men have died from heart disease, but only 1 in 5 women knows that heart disease is the greatest threat to her health. 38% of women die within a year of having a heart attack as compared to 19% of men.
6. According to the World Health Organization, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Obese children are at a significant risk for heart disease in their adult lives, as well as diabetes, atherosclerosis (build-up of fats and cholesterol in the artery walls), and high blood pressure.
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- Ubiquinol supports the body’s energy production and is considered one of the strongest antioxidants available on the market today. It protects the cells in the body from damage caused by stress and free radicals, and allows your body to repair and restore health.
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- Chlorophyll is an essential nutrient for the support of a healthy circulatory system. It can be taken with the L-arginine in your daily dosage. In my case, I mix one serving of L-arginine with two capfuls of liquid chlorophyll in a 28 ounce water bottle. When I have finished this amount, I then repeat the application. However, each person will know what works best for him/her.
- Vitamin D3 (and the rest of the Vitamin D family) is now known to help regulate blood pressure, inflammation, and glucose control. Cardiologists are starting to pay increasing attention to what they’re learning about vitamin D’s roles in establishing sound cardiovascular health.
While most people know that heart disease is a prevalent problem, many don’t realize just how severe the problem is. In fact, cardiovascular diseases are the #1 killer of both men and women in America today! Even more sobering is that most health experts now say that heart disease can largely be avoided by adopting a healthy lifestyle. And I have found proven alternatives to reversing heart disease naturally!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, but rather a man who has experienced incredible results in improving the condition of my heart. I like to call myself a nutraceutical heart specialist, based solely upon the results of a lifestyle of eating better and taking the proper nutritional supplements.
I welcome all comments and feedback, and will do my best to respond within 24 hours.
Have a healthy and productive day!
Allan Siegel, founder of Healthy Heart Solution