One of the biggest problems with having heart failure is you may not have or feel any symptoms. Or if you do, you may just ignore them and think it’s because you’re getting older.
And this is why I wanted to do a short article today, to reveal 5 important warning signs and potential symptoms … So you can help avoid a heart attack or stroke.
Whether your own or maybe someone near you, like a family member, a friend, or even a stranger.
In part two of this article series, I’ll also reveal 5 simple ways for you to decrease the symptoms, strengthen your heart, and improve this situation so you can live a longer and healthier life.
What Is Heart Failure?
Before I get started, heart failure occurs when something has damaged your heart muscles or there’s a reduction in your heart’s ability to pump effectively and do its job.
This is typically from coronary artery disease, which is basically a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels and thus, limits blood flow and circulation — which is the main problem with all of this.
However, this can also be caused by genetics or a faulty heart valve, as was the case in Arnold Schwarzenegger and his mom as well.
High blood pressure is also a major issue, as is high blood sugar and diabetes. Both of which reduce correct blood flow and circulation.
5 Warning Signs of Heart Failure
Now, to keep things simple and memorable for you, I’ll quickly give you a 5 letter acronym to help you remember the 5 warning signs of heart failure, which is called: FACES.
F = Fatigue. You’ll feel more tired or fatigued because the heart isn’t able to pump enough oxygen-rich blood that your body and brain needs.
A = Activity limitation. People with heart failure are often unable to do their normal activities because they become easily tired and short of breath. And since this happens more so in people after the age of 60, they typically dismiss this warning sign and think it’s “old age”.
C = Congestion. Fluid buildup in the lungs can result in coughing, wheezing, and breathing difficulty.
E = Edema (water retention). 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 in the form of water weight.
S = Shortness of breath. Fluid in the lungs makes it more difficult for carbon dioxide in used blood to be exchanged for fresh oxygen. Your breathing will be difficult not just during activities, even if just sitting or lying down.
Of course, just because you feel any one of these warning signs, doesn’t mean you have heart failure. But if you have 2 or more, you should go see a doctor. If you have 4-5 of these FACES symptoms, take action immediately and see your doctor as soon as possible.
At the end of the day, this is and will always be a blood flow and circulation problem, which can most certainly be improved, naturally.
Poor circulation affects your entire body, from head to toe – not just your heart.
Plus a second article that has simple and proven ways of lessening your symptoms, strengthening your heart, and improving this situation so you can avoid a heart attack or stroke.