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How Healthy Is Your Heart?

How Healthy Is Your Heart?

It’s not always obvious that you have high blood pressure or heart disease. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, and many people don’t know they have it. Many other symptoms of heart disease can be similar to those of other conditions or you may chalk them up to a busy lifestyle or a stressful job.

When you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work harder than normal to meet your body’s demands. Over time, this can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease. Deborah offers a wealth of information about high blood pressure, including the risk factors you can and cannot control, as well as what you can do to lower your risk or manage your high blood pressure.

Here are 5 things that should send you to your doctor or cardiologist to talk about your heart health:

  1. You’re tired. Many of us are tired thanks to overloaded lives, but if you feel sluggish even when you’ve had enough rest, your heart may be to blame. If you wake up tired and your partner says you snore, you may also have sleep apnea. This condition increases your chance of high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure or stroke.
  2. You’re short of breath. If activities you used to do without a problem cause you to be short of breath, don’t ignore it. Don’t just assume you’re out of shape or are tired. Being short of breath can be a symptom of heart failure. Sudden onset can also be related to a heart attack so if you can’t catch your breath and have chest pain, call 911.
  3. You’re dizzy. It’s not uncommon to have a quick bout of dizziness when you stand up from a seated position too quickly or don’t eat enough. But feeling dizzy can be related to your blood pressure or an abnormal heart rhythm. It can also be a symptom of a heart attack.
  4. Your legs are swollen or achy. If your heart isn’t pumping effectively, it can lead to poor circulation in your extremities, especially your legs. Swollen feet or ankles can be a symptom of heart failure and pain in your lower leg can indicate a dangerous blood clot.
  5. You have pain in your upper body. Not all heart attacks are accompanied by sudden and severe chest pain. Instead you may notice discomfort in your arm, jaw or back, especially if you’re a woman. If you have pain you can’t attribute to another cause or also have symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness or sweating, you may be having a heart attack and need to get medical help.

To schedule an appointment with a Deborah cardiologist, call 1-800-555-1990 or click here.

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