How do you know if you have a problem? Read on, because not knowing the signs could be the last mistake you ever make.
Know Them - Types of Heart Disease Certainly, heart hazards can be managed by you, such as stopping smoking, getting regular exercise, and of course watching your diet.
However, there are other uncontrollable factors like gender, ethnic background and age which, can have a profound impact.
Let's take a look at the most common types of heart disease.
Coronary Heart Disease Most people associate heart disease with what's referred to as hardening of the arteries.
One of the main symptoms of hardening of the arteries is angina, described as heaviness in the chest or a squeezing feeling in the chest area.
Often, it's mistaken for a bad case of heartburn.
A speedy heart rate, being short of breath, plus profuse sweating are different symptoms that identify this kind of coronary problem.
Do You Want to Live? Usually referred to a heart attack, a typical form of heart disease is actually called myocardial infarction (MI).
The symptoms are a lot like coronary artery disease but they are of a greater intensity.
They sometimes begin as a light pain, but the pain becomes stronger and more unpleasant.
This problem can have a 30 minute or longer period to develop, but it won't go away with pain medication or with resting.
I can't emphasize this enough; heart attack symptoms need to be taken care of immediately.
Always assuming you want to live, that is.
It's All in the Rhythm Some individuals have a common type of heart disease known as arrhythmia.
Its signs might include paleness, being short of breath, heaviness in the chest or even passing out.
It's often accompanied by fluttery palpitations or pounding in the heart or the chest area.
And Then There is Heart Valve Disease The symptoms of heart valve disease are shortness of breath, generalized weakness, chest discomfort, especially when exposed to colder temperatures; palpitations or vertigo.
In addition, the signs can be accompanied by swelling of the feet, ankles, or belly.
Sometimes, a rapid and unexplained weight gain can occur as well.
This is an additional reason to watch out fo any inexplicable weight gain.
Of course, obesity and heart disease often go hand-in-hand; if you have one, watch out for the other!