Heart failure happens when something damages the heart muscle.
It has plagued a lot of people and one must be careful to spot the signs early.
In most cases, some pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure and genetic disease may also be to blame while some people start to develops symptoms of heart failure.
For women, unlike men, heart attack symptoms are often unrelated to chest pain.
Early signs of heart failure are always minor signs that people tend to ignore until it becomes worse.
Below I will discuss some early symptoms and signs of heart failure;
Once you start to experience fatigue every time, it may be a sign that the heart can’t pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the heart that is sufficient to meet the body’s energy needs.
2. Activity limitation
People suffering from heart failure without even knowing are often unable to do their normal activities because they become easily tired and suffer from shortness of breath.
There is a fluid buildup in the lungs of people suffering from heart failure which often causes coughing, wheezing, and breathing difficulty.
4. Ankle swelling
When the heart doesn’t have enough pumping power to force used blood back up from the lower extremities, fluid can collect in the ankles, legs, thighs, and abdomen. Excess fluid can also cause rapid weight gain.
5. Shortness of breath
Someone suffering from heart failure is likely to have fluid in the lungs which make it more difficult for carbon dioxide to be exchanged for fresh oxygen.
They may also find it difficult to breathe when lying down.
If you experience more than one of these signs mentioned above, kindly consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Like the popular saying “prevention is better than cure”, there are certain things you can do to prevent heart disease and get a grip on your health overall.
1. Eat right
2. Engage in physical exercises
3. Be careful of your weight gain
In conclusion, you need to pay serious attention to your lifestyle and make some adjustments where necessary because health is wealth.