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We do care about our heart health and do go through the most common signs of a heart attack. At least that’s what I do: know the signs of a heart attack.

But there are some other symptoms and signs that could be an indication that our heart needs medical attention. The signs that persist and and exist, usually, as a group to give you an indication and push you towards action, i.e., taking the problem to your doctor!

Let’s go through these signs and appreciate the knowledge and taking notice of them as well.

 

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  1. CoffeeTime says:

    AM COFFEE – Sign In! HELLO, Everyone!
    Can you tell us at least 3 Common signs of a heart attack that require an immediate doctor’s attention?
    If not, then you gotta learn them and know by heart!

    sign in am coffee

    • wendy c g says:

      Good morning learned this in CPR classes

    • wendy c g says:

      I have tachycardia, fast heart beat. Your heart is very important and you should take care of it.

    • wendi watson says:

      good morning its been a few since i have been here! but i know shortness of breath is one sign!

    • wendy c g says:

      Chest discomfort
      Pain in jaw, both arms, the back, neck and stomach
      Shortness of breath with or without pain

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Good morning all. I know that chest pain, neck pain, and shooting pain down the arm. I don’t remember if neck pain is heart attack or stroke now. I just woke up though. Yes slept in.

    • Katrina A. says:

      Hello. Some signs….chest pains, shortness of breath, tingliness.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Good afternoon. Some signs are pain in chest, tingling or numbness (especially in the left arm), shortness of breath, and for women, it’s very common to have pain in the jaw or shooting through the shoulder.

  2. CoffeeTime says:
  3. robyn donnelly says:

    Good morning everyone new to the group. I signed in wrong day (yesterday lol). I have a heart murmur that seems to have changed a little in the past two years. They ant to get yearly checkups again like I did when I was in elementary school. Yuck.

    • CoffeeTime says:

      ROBYN,
      So happy to have you here!
      Please do your check ups and see the doctor’s without delay!
      Better to go for an extra checkup than being late!
      Please do it!

      • robyn donnelly says:

        I know I just don’t like doctors much. Nothing personal but they always remind me of needles. Or maybe that is the nurses :)). Heart issues have mainly been on the men side of family. Lucky me to be the only female.

        • CoffeeTime says:

          Robyn,
          Nobody likes to make those trips to the doctor’s.
          What we need to Remind ourselves is that NOT to go when we actually should is very Selfish indeed.
          Think of those people that rely on you in your life.
          Think of those who LOVE and adore you.
          Think of those who NEED you, your presence, your care and attention and help as well.
          Then turn into yourself and realize what a Beautiful person you are who provides so many things to so many people.
          Then a trip to the doctor’s will be a normal thing to do.

    • Katrina A. says:

      Welcome

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Hiya Robyn, welcome to the group, it’s nice meeting you! I agree with Laura’s advice and she puts it in such a lovely way ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. CoffeeTime says:

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    Sexual problems
    Source: Caring.com

    Something cardiologists know but the average guy doesn’t: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the best early tip-offs to progressive heart disease. “Today, any patient who comes in with ED should be considered a cardiovascular patient until proven otherwise,” says Goldstein. In women, reduced blood flow to the genital area can impede arousal, make it harder to reach orgasm, or make orgasms less satisfying.

    Scary stat: Researchers at the Mayo clinic followed men ages 40-49 with erectile dysfunction and found they were twice as likely to develop heart disease as those with no sexual health problems. Another study looked backward and found that two out of three men being treated for cardiovascular disease had suffered from erectile dysfunction, often for years, before they were diagnosed with heart trouble.

    Why it happens: Narrowing and hardening of the arteries restricts blood flow to the penis, which can give men trouble when it comes to getting or keeping an erection. And because those arteries are smaller than the ones leading to the heart, erectile dysfunction can occur before any other sign of artery stiffness. Lack of oxygen can also lead to ongoing fatigue and weakness, which can sabotage libido, so lack of desire may accompany lack of success.

    What to do:
    If you or your partner has difficulty getting or maintaining an erection or has problems with sexual satisfaction, that’s reason enough to visit your doctor to investigate cardiovascular disease as an underlying cause. Get a full workup to assess possible causes of erectile dysfunction or difficulty with orgasm. (Guys, see your GP, not just a urologist; gals, don’t just see an ob/gyn.) If your doctor doesn’t mention heart tests, request them.

    • wendi watson says:

      I dod not realize that that could be a part of a heart problem we never think about little things and when they talk about it on TV and things they do not actually tell you what some of the symptoms can mean! Great article

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      This makes so much sense and I didn’t even think about this. Good to know.

    • wendy c g says:

      Good to share

    • Katrina A. says:

      I never knew that. Makes sense but never would have put 2 and 2 together.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Good information and another way to possibly spot heart issues when they aren’t apparent, should always be welcome.

  5. CoffeeTime says:

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    Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Other Breathing Problems During Sleep
    Source: Caring.com

    If you snore loudly enough to keep your sleeping partner awake or to force him or her to resort to earplugs, your heart may be at risk as well. Restricted breathing during sleep — the underlying cause of snoring — is linked with all types of cardiovascular disease. Sleep apnea, in which breathing briefly stops during sleep, is linked with a higher risk of both cardiovascular disease and heart attack.

    Scary stat: Those with sleep apnea were found to have three times the normal risk of having a heart attack within five years.

    Why it happens: Sleep-disordered breathing, which includes sleep apnea and a lesser condition known as UARS, lowers the blood oxygen that feeds the heart. Obstructive sleep apnea is thought to damage the right side of the heart, which has to pump harder to support the lungs, which are strained by trying to overcome the airway obstruction.

    What to do: Any sleep-related breathing problem is a clue that something’s wrong, so call the doctor. She may recommend a sleep study, but get your heart checked out too.

    • wendi watson says:

      M husband has always snored and he snores very loudly! Im truly not sure what it means because he has snored for ever and the Dr has not ever said anything or ordered any other tests

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      My mom has always snored very loud since I can remember but she has always been heavy set too. This is good to know.

    • wendy c g says:

      A sleep study can tell doctor if you have sleep apnea.

    • Katrina A. says:

      I will have to talk to my mom and fiance about this. They are both horrible snorers!!

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Hubby had horrible snoring and sleep apnea for years. There had been talk with his doctor about surgery to help with it, because he couldn’t tolerate a CPAP machine. Oddly enough, his accident stopped his snoring, and they tested him in the hospital, and the sleep apnea is gone too. I guess the broken facial bones must have changed everything. He does have heart issues….6 heart attacks and bypass surgery.

  6. CoffeeTime says:

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    Sore, Swollen or Bleeding Gums
    Source: Caring.com

    Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are symptoms not only of periodontal disease — in which exposure to bacteria causes the gums to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth — but also a possible early sign of underlying cardiovascular disease.

    Scary stat: A 2010 study by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimated that the prevalence of periodontal disease may be underestimated by as much as 50 percent.

    Why it happens: Experts believe that poor circulation due to heart disease could be an underlying cause of periodontal disease. Researchers are also studying whether a common bacteria is involved in both gum disease and plaque buildup inside coronary arteries. The link may also have something to do with the body’s response to prolonged inflammation.

    What to do: See a dentist to treat gum disease and prevent the presence of bacteria. Because gum disease can be a red flag for inflammation and circulatory problems, ask your doctor if ongoing gum symptoms warrant a checkup.

    • wendi watson says:

      one again a symptom that we really would never know that would be connected to heart disease! Sometimes if i just switch to a different toothpaste it will cause a flare up in my gums or what not and always on the same side my left so i wonder if that means anything more!

    • wendy c g says:

      I’ve heard this

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I had to get a tooth pulled because my gum pulled away for the tooth but dentist told me it was from brushing to hard. I was told once this happens the gum never goes back. Anyway it was something like that. That is why when you do have a bad heart you have to take antibiotics before any dental work is done on you.

    • Katrina A. says:

      Ugh…..I need to go to the dentist so bad. We finally have dental insurance so I need to get my mouth looked at ASAP. I have very bad teeth. I’ve only been to the dentist maybe 5 times in my life and I’m 30 years old. My parents never took me. Went for the first time when I was 18.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      I’ve heard doctors asking about dental health because of this, but I’ve never heard a dentist ask about heart health. I wonder if they do and I just don’t know about it.

  7. CoffeeTime says:

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    Puffy or Swollen Legs or Feet
    Source: Caring.com

    If you notice that your feet swell enough to make your shoes tight; your ankles, wrists, or fingers are noticeably puffy; or there are deep pressure marks or indents when you take off socks or hose, you may have a problem with fluid retention. Also called edema, fluid retention can be a sign of coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure, and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

    Scary stat: More than 80 million people have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, and approximately 900,000 people die from it each year.

    Why it happens: Fluid retention occurs when the heart doesn’t pump strongly enough and blood doesn’t carry waste products away from tissues. Edema usually starts in the feet, ankles, fingers, hands, and legs because they’re furthest from the heart, where circulation is poorer.

    What to do: Report problems with edema to your doctor, who can run tests that may indicate CAD and can determine if your heart function is normal.

    • wendi watson says:

      thankfully i do not have any of these symptoms cause if not mistaken they also could me a result of diabetes

    • wendy c g says:

      Any new symptoms should be reported to your doctor. You may think it is nothing but still tell your doctor.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      My hands and feet will swell sometimes but I always relate it to my fibromyalgia flare ups. This is also good to know.

    • Katrina A. says:

      I’m lucky I have never had this issue. Only time my feet.legs swelled up was after I gave birth. A reaction to the trama and medication. It was horrible and very painful.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      I find this one to be extremely overlooked quite often. I’ve had patients that just assumed it was ‘part of getting a little older’ or thinking swelling was because they were on their feet too much for work or play. It’s one of the easiest signs to dismiss, and should really be given attention.

  8. CoffeeTime says:

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    Irregular Heartbeat or Arrhythmia
    Source: Caring.com

    An early sign that something in the cardiovascular system is out of whack is irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. It may feel like your heart is skipping beats, beating too fast, or pounding too hard.

    Scary stat: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of sudden death for both men and women because it can lead to both heart attack and stroke.

    Why it happens: The most common cause of irregular heartbeat is CAD, which restricts blood flow to the heart, straining the electrical system that keeps the heartbeat regular and coordinates it with other functions. Heart failure can also cause arrhythmias because the weakened heart overcompensates by beating harder and faster.

    What to do: An EKG can measure the electrical activity of your heart, including the regularity of the heartbeat. A stress test, which measures your heart rate while you walk on a treadmill, can determine if your heart is pumping properly.

    • wendy c g says:

      I have AVT, tachycardia. I have to take meds to keep my heart rate normal.

    • wendi watson says:

      i get it sometimes when i have to much caffeine it is a very scary feeling to have and it is very very scary feeling yes

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I have an irregular heart beat but it is a normal heart beat for me is what they have always told me. My grandfather found it years ago when I was around 10 yrs old. He was taking his blood pressure and they were babysitting us. That is when I found out that my grandma had the same thing. Docs or nurses didn’t find it til I was in labor with my kids.

    • Katrina A. says:

      I need to have these tests done. I always feel like my heart skips a beat but have never been tested.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Such easy tests, I understand it can be scary, but it’s important to have checked out.

  9. CoffeeTime says:

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    Constriction or Arching in the Chest or Shoulder
    Source: Caring.com

    The most common symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD) is angina, a type of chest pain. Angina (officially called angina pectoris) is different from the sharp clutching pain of a heart attack; it’s likely to feel like a deep ache or a constriction or weight on the chest, and it may worsen when you draw in a breath.

    One of the reasons angina is often missed is that it feels different to different people; to some it’s more of a heaviness, fullness, or pressure rather than pain. It can also be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn when the pain occurs lower down in the abdominal area.

    The tightness, constriction, or pain may also occur in the shoulder, neck, jaw, arm, or upper back, where it may be mistaken for a pulled muscle.

    A tip-off to angina versus a pulled muscle or gastrointestinal problem is that you’re likely to experience the problem repeatedly rather than to have one isolated or prolonged episode.

    Scary stat: According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 17 million people are living with angina. Cases of angina are divided almost equally between men and women, with men being slightly more at risk.

    Why it happens: When plaque builds up in the coronary arteries, it deprives the heart muscle of blood, making it feel squeezed. Most people with stable angina find that episodes are most often triggered by anything that puts an additional strain on the heart, such as exercise or stress.

    What to do: If you’re diagnosed with angina, your doctor will recommend resting when episodes occur; or she may prescribe nitroglycerin, which relaxes the coronary arteries and other blood vessels, increasing blood supply to the heart and easing its workload.

    • wendi watson says:

      and a lot of people do not realize that the arteries that clogged are the ones in your next that is why you see a lot of scars on people there! They have to clean that plaque out

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I get chest pains just like a heart attack when I get a flare-up sometimes. I don’t remember what it is called but they told me at ER that I wouldn’t know the difference because they are the same kind of pain. They told me to go in when I have these pains but the only time I go in is if it feels in the least different.

    • Katrina A. says:

      That scares me. I’ve always had that kind of feeling in my chest since I can remember but I always put it off as more to do with my anxiety.

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Hubby has heart problems, but also has episodes with angina. It seems to help him to raise his arms over his head…..if that doesn’t work, we use the nitro inhaler.

  10. CoffeeTime says:

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    Shortness of Breath
    Source: Caring.com

    An early sign that something is wrong with a major bodily system is shortness of breath, typically with exercise, exertion, and stress. (Typically, shortness of breath indicates either early-stage heart disease or early-stage lung disease, and it’s not possible to know which it is without seeing a doctor.)

    It may feel like you can’t catch your breath, or you may notice a feeling of compression in the chest and lungs, making it difficult to take a deep breath. Another breathing symptom of poor circulation may be labored breathing, which occurs when fluid accumulates in the lungs. If you notice that your breathing problems are worse at night or anytime you lie down, that can also indicate a heart problem.

    Scary stat: In a landmark study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Institute, 95 percent of women who’d had heart attacks reported experiencing unusual symptoms in the weeks and months before the attack, and 40 percent reported shortness of breath.

    Why it happens: When your heart isn’t pumping strongly enough, less oxygen circulates in your blood. The result is shortness of breath; you might feel like you do at high altitude or when you’ve run for the bus, unable to draw enough oxygen into your lungs.

    What to do: Shortness of breath, either with exercise and stress or all the time, is always a reason to see the doctor for a checkup, since it can be a symptom of a number of serious conditions.

  11. robyn donnelly says:

    I’ve read each of these and yes they make me sad. My significant other died of massive heart attack a few years ago and he had several of these symptoms. He was a large man and men in his family were known for heart attacks and dying by 45 years old. He was no exception. They all refused to go to doctors for whatever reasons they could come up with.

    • CoffeeTime says:

      Robyn,
      Not to go to the Doctor’s is very … selfish to do. Read my comment at the top WHY it is a selfish thing to do!
      Men are known to ignore their health issues more than women.
      Let’s do all we can to chance that and take care of our personal health issues as well.

  12. Good Morning…,
    This is actually the first time I have actually been awake to participated in this..
    Heart issues and women are tricky.., they often just get ignored. We tend to shrug things off more than men do because, we are women, and that is what we do. We dont want to look weak, and often feel guilty about taking care of ourselves.. We ALWAYS put our kids and hubby before ourselves, which is really dumb on our part… That pain between your shoulder blades, that tingling in the arms, face or neck, and even in your jaw.., is a sign to go and get checked….

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