After a rather hectic day you finally have the chance to sit down and relax. The dishes are finally done and the kids are off doing homework. A typical day like so many others. As usual you feel a bit short of breath. You blame it on the heartburn from to much lasagna for dinner. Feeling sort of cold you grab a blanket to cover up. Next thing you know, your in the emergency room. What happened?
What was thought to be heartburn from to much eating was actually a symptom of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease happens from narrowed or blocked blood vessels. Eventually blockages cause the brain, heart, limbs or pelvic area to become oxygen starved because they do not receive enough blood. Even though most people have regular annual check-ups, the important warning signs for cardiovascular disease were somehow missed. Before you find yourself blind -sided by this serious medical condition, you have to be aware of symptoms of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease can effect many different parts of the body. The symptoms may be easily attributed to other health issues. However your doctor might see a pattern that can indicate that you might have the start of cardiovascular disease. Here are some of the most common symptoms of cardiovascular disease to watch for.
Chest pain , pressure or a squeezing sensation, especially after excretion
Pain in your arms, jaw, or back, and especially the left shoulder
Shortness of breath or difficulty catching your breath
Loss of vision
Numbness in any part of the body
Dizziness or a feeling of light headiness
Sudden severe headaches
Bluing of the lips
Faster or Abnormal heartbeats, a sensation that your heart is skipping beats
Confusion, lack of balance or difficulty talking
Coldness in the extremities
The difficult part is understanding that some of these symptoms can be indicators of other health conditions. There is a tendency to dismiss early cardiovascular warning signs as nothing important. It is easy to rationalize that your just feel tired because you didn’t sleep well, the headache is from stress, and your vision is blurry because your getting older. It is very difficult to admit that there could be something serious happening. The good news is there are things that can be done to help prevent cardiovascular disease. If you have experienced any of these symptoms don’t delay in bringing it to the attention of your doctor. The tests are not difficult and can help contribute to a long a happy life.