Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and around the world. It’s actually not one disease, but rather a group of conditions that effects the heart. The diseases under this umbrella can range from congenital heart defects, which may appear at birth or early in life, to problems that show up later in life and can often be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. While many people know to seek immediate medical attention if they experience sudden and severe chest pain, people are not often aware of the early warning signs and symptoms that may indicate heart disease. Being aware of these 10 early warning signs can help to detect a heart problem early.
1) Chest Pain or Pain in Upper Extremities
Chest pain can be sharp and severe, it can also show up as a tightness, numbness, tingling sensation, or other type of discomfort. Pain associated with the heart can even show up in other parts of the body, including the arms and the neck. Any chest pain, however mild, should be considered a possible warning sign of a heart problem and should be investigated with your doctor. Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish this type of pain from something more benign like a pulled muscle. If movement or a change of position doesn’t cause the pain to change or go away, it’s likely not a muscle pull and is something you should get checked out immediately.