India is on its way to become the heart disease capital of the world. Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, diabetes, and stress are major contributors towards this trend. Almost half of the urban men and one-third of rural men suffer from some kind of heart disease. Many of them cannot recognize cardiac trouble. Only when they experience a heart attack, they become aware of the problem. Since prevention is better than cure, it is better to be wary of the symptoms that point to cardiac problems. Here are some signs and symptoms of heart disease in men.
- Constriction in the Chest
This is one of the more common signs of heart trouble. If you have been experiencing any pain, tightness or any pressure in your chest, please consult your doctor immediately. The feeling of discomfort comes and passes and may last from a few minutes to a few hours.
- Physical Exhaustion
Unexplained fatigue and severe exhaustion are significant signs of heart disease. Many men cannot even climb stairs or walk even small distances before an impending heart attack. Notice if you are unable to do the regular chores, especially if you could do them without any issues earlier. Some heart trouble could be brewing, and you mustn’t ignore it.
- Erectile Dysfunction
One of the main reasons for erectile dysfunction is that insufficient quantities of blood are reaching the penis. Plaque buildup reduces the flow of blood and causes damage to the blood vessels. This stands true for the heart and the other extremities. If someone is facing persistent erectile dysfunction, they must get checked for heart problems.
Sleep apnea is when there are breaks in breathing while one is sleeping. Some symptoms of this are gasping for breath mid sleep, feeling exhausted in spite of a regular bedtime and snoring. The pauses in breathing can lead to raised blood pressure, stress on the heart and increased risks of heart disease.
Sweating without any strenuous activity? This could signal a heart attack. Call for an ambulance as it would be dangerous to drive yourself to the hospital.
- Tummy Troubles
Nausea, heartburn, indigestion or stomach ache could point to heart problems. Some people even heave up and vomit. These symptoms could also be because of a stomach bug, but if the symptoms increase on physical exertion and reduce on rest, then they are because of some cardiac issue.
- Pain in the Arm or Jaw
One of the more telling signs of heart disease is a pain that radiates from the chest towards the arm, specifically the left arm and the jaw.
Feeling dizzy suddenly and feeling chest pain or breathlessness? Rush to the hospital. Lightheadedness happens because of a sudden dip in the blood pressure.
Seek medical attention if you suffer from any of these symptoms. If you have diabetes, hypertension or family history of heart trouble, you are at risk.