My arm hurts, but I have a heart problem? Heart Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

The heart is the organ most directly related to life. Therefore, it is necessary to take good care of it on a daily basis, as well as not to easily overlook the various symptoms that appear in the body. WebMD, an American online health media, recently introduced heart disease-related symptoms that should not be ignored.

chest pain

Chest pain is the most common sign of a heart attack, but it doesn’t always show up as a sudden burst of pain. It may feel squeezing, heavy, uncomfortable, or mistaken for heartburn. Also, chest pain may last for more than a few minutes or go away and then come back.

arm pain or back pain

Men usually feel pain in their left arm, but women can have both. You may feel that your arms are heavy or that you are unable to use them, which could be a sign of angina or a heart attack.

After the pain starts in the chest, it may move up or down the lower back. The pain may appear suddenly, or the pain may wake you up at night. When your arm or back pain doesn’t seem to be related to a particular joint or muscle, you should suspect that it’s a sign of a heart attack.

neck or jaw pain

When you have a heart attack, you may feel pain in the upper shoulder. You may experience pain or tightness in one or both lower jaws, a sore throat, or a burning sensation.

unusual fatigue

It’s normal to feel tired sometimes. However, if you suddenly feel fatigued at a different time than usual, it could be a sign of a heart attack. You may feel more tired after your regular workout routine, or you may feel exhausted just walking to the bathroom. In addition, there are cases where it is difficult to fall asleep easily even in a state of exhaustion.

fainting and nausea

If you have a heart problem, you may feel like you are about to pass out. Syncope occurs when blood pressure is low and the heart is unable to deliver the right amount of oxygen to the brain. It may be due to high fever, but heart disease can also be a cause. Nausea and loss of appetite can also be signs of heart problems.

sweating and shortness of breath

If you’re having a heart attack, you may feel sweaty, chills, and feeling uncomfortably wet even when you’re not doing anything special. Even if you’re not moving on the sofa, you may feel short of breath as if you were running a marathon, and it might be even harder to breathe when you lie down.

coughing and wheezing

A regular cough and wheezing shortness of breath can be signs of heart failure because the heart isn’t pumping enough blood and oxygen to get it. When you have heart failure, blood can come back into your lungs. You may have trouble breathing, hear a rattling sound when you breathe in, or vomit pinkish sputum.


If you have heart failure, your feet, ankles, legs, or stomach may swell, and you may feel that your shoes are tight. As the blood leaving the heart slows, blood returning to the heart through the blood vessels can back up. The blood then collects where it shouldn’t. The kidneys become unable to remove water and salt, which makes the swelling worse.

difficulty moving

When you have heart failure, it becomes more difficult to move around. It can be difficult to do regular activities, such as walking your dog or going up and down stairs. As your heart weakens, just getting dressed or just walking across the room can become exhausting.

fast heart rate
With heart failure, the heart can beat rapidly to compensate for the lack of pumping power, and it can feel like it’s beating hard.

irregular heartbeat
A heart rhythm disorder, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib), can cause the heart to beat rapidly and irregularly. Some people describe the feeling as fluttering or a fish flapping in its chest.

Untreated AFib can cause blood clots and stroke. You may not notice any particular changes in the way your heart beats, but you may also feel short of breath, tired, or dizzy.

snoring loudly
If this happens every night, you may have sleep apnea, which causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. Sleep apnea is associated with atrial fibrillation and may increase the risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Untreated sleep apnea increases your chances of developing life-threatening heart disease.

erectile dysfunction
If you experience these problems frequently, it could be a sign of heart disease. Just as blood vessels around the heart are blocked, blood vessels in the penis can become blocked. Poor blood flow makes it difficult to maintain an erection. If you have symptoms of erectile dysfunction, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about what exactly is going on.

If you or someone you are with is showing symptoms of a heart attack, you should see a doctor right away. Prompt treatment can reduce the chance of heart damage. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should call 911 for help.

∇ Chest pain, tightness, or squeezing sensation
∇ Pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulder, back, neck, or arm
∇ Dyspnea ∇ Dizziness, dizziness, fainting

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