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5 Warning Signs That Your Heart Doesn’t Work Properly

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention around 610,000 people die of heart-related problems each year in the US alone. Both men and women are afflicted by heart disease due to various reasons that are connected with a certain lifestyle. However, there are many signs and warnings that inform us about heart trouble that we should be more than aware of.

However, here are 5 common heart failure warning signs that you should pay attention to if you notice them.

1) Persistent Cough

In heart failure, the heart contracts less forcefully than it should. This can allow fluid to back up in the lungs, creating a condition called pulmonary edema. The body coughs persistently in an effort to eliminate the excess fluid.

A weak heart causes fluid to back up in the lungs. This can cause shortness of breath with exercise or difficulty breathing at rest or when lying flat in bed. Lung congestion can also cause a dry, hacking cough or wheezing.

2) Swollen legs, ankles, and feet

If you have congestive heart failure, one or both of your heart's lower chambers lose their ability to pump blood effectively. As a result, blood can back up in your legs, ankles and feet, causing edema.

This happens when the heart muscle weakens and can no longer pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. It can also happen if the pressure is increased, forcing the fluid to back up into the legs or abdomen, or when a leaky heart valve causes fluid retention.

3) Losing consciousness or fainting

Fainting or loss of consciousness is a potentially serious situation and medical attention should be called for immediately. Dizziness, especially when standing up too quickly, is an extremely common symptom for people with heart failure.

4) Pain in the neck, throat, upper abdomen or back.

More likely, pain in the Jaw or throat is caused by a muscular issue, a cold, or a sinus problem. But if you have pain or pressure in the center of your chest that spreads up into your throat or jaw, it could be a sign of a heart attack. Call 911 and seek medical attention to make sure everything is all right.

5) Lack of appetite Feeling nauseous

Heart failure may cause a change in your appetite. If you are feeling full, bloated or nauseated you probably don't feel like eating. This can happen when there is decreased blood flow to the digestive system resulting in interference with the digestive process

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