The heart is the focal point of the body, is a known fact. So much so
that the Romans and Greeks thought of it as the center of emotions too
which gave rise to the entire plethora of heart-shaped valentine-related
things. The fact that pollution and stress are both on the rise does
not help in this scenario either as the heart is one of the most
sensitive organs, easily and drastically affected by the general health
of the body and the health of its surroundings.
As a result, the heart gets extra protection from the body even on a
general basis. What is more, the heart is so important that the body
sends out warning signs for you to pick up when it spots trouble.
Here are five signs that say your heart is in bad shape and that you should be taking better care of it. Almost all of these signs are extremely common but sadly, we ignore them for that same reason.
Learn your lesson while there is still time and pay heed to all of these red flags:
1. Extreme fatigue while doing basic physical workouts
This is something that most young professionals face anyway, and
might be caused by a number of things. They include a bad diet,
irregular sleep cycles, extreme workload, and unhealthy habits like
smoking and drinking to ‘take the edge off’. All of these things affect
metabolism which in turn affects heart activity and health.
The biggest marker for this will be the inability to carry out tasks
that you used to carry out on a frequent basis like cycling to work or
climbing the few flights of stairs to your apartment.
2. Chest cramps
Chest discomfort is one of the biggest markers of heart discomfort
and should not be dismissed as something arising from bad posture or
something along those lines. They may indicate artery blockages and may
in serious cases of angina pectoris and other issues.
If you experience those every now and then, it is high time for you
to go for a doctor’s check-up, irrespective of the number of sick days
you have to take.
3. Discomfort in the upper body
Pain in the upper body, including things like jaw cramps and
migraines, are signs of the heart not pumping enough blood throughout
the body. Clogged arteries that arise, thanks to unhealthy diets and
smoking bouts, will only deteriorate these things.
4. Sleep apnoea and snoring
Shortness of breath, that often accompanies sleep apnoea, is
something that indicates inadequate oxygenation in the body. This should
be a matter of concern if it continues for long periods of time.
5. General shortness of breath
This should be a matter of grave seriousness irrespective of the
organ. Shortness of breath is more often than not a sign of deep-seated
troubles like asthma or cardiac issues like arteries getting clogged or
losing its elasticity.
If you have any or all of these signs, make sure that you go to a doctor and start changing your habits. It is more than high time!
source : healthstasy.com