Heart disease still remains the number one killer, so heart health is a popular topic for discussion for people to be aware of all the signs and symptoms that indicate a heart problem. Chest pains, nausea, sweating, heart palpitations and weakness are just some of the symptoms related to a heart problem, but there are many other signs you may be overlooking.
Here are six signs and symptoms of an impeding heart problem that you may not be aware of.
Bad breath: Bad breath can result from many different things – strong food, for example. If your bad breath is a result of gum disease, that could also be an indication that your heart is in trouble. Gum disease promotes inflammation, which can contribute to heart disease and stroke. The good news is, treating gum disease lowers your risk of a cardiovascular event.
Yawning during exercise: A study from SUNY Albany suggests that yawning helps promote blood oxygenation and brain cooling, so based on that it would make sense to yawn during exercise. However, frequent yawning during physical activity means that your body’s built-in cooling centers are not working effectively, which is a sign of poor circulation.
Lightheaded when you stand up: If you ever feel dizzy upon standing up, this is known as orthostatic hypotension. This is usually very temporary, lasting a few seconds, but if it lasts longer – say, several minutes – it could indicate blood flow issues. Furthermore, individuals who experience longer dizziness after standing up are also 54 percent more likely to experience heart failure later on in life.
Stubby ring ringer: Studies have shown that if your ring finger is the same size as your index finger, your risk of heart disease in your 40s and 50s is higher than in those who have a greater ratio between their fingers. The connection has been found to be stronger among men than women.
If you had clear skin in your teenage years: Studies have found that those who had acne in their teenage years have a 33 percent lower risk of heart disease, compared to those who had clear skin. So although it may have been embarrassing at the time, you can thank your pimply skin for saving your heart. Acne results from higher circulation, so clear skin implies lower circulation.
These signs and symptoms of heart problems may not have been the ones you knew, but they are important to consider if you want to keep your heart safe.