Top 5 Indicators of Heart Condition

25 Aug, 2022

It’s World Heart Day, and everyone’s attention is on how to maintain a healthy heart. Currently, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, causing around 26% of all deaths in the country. Moreover, 90% of heart-related hospitalisation are for acute care, meaning heart surgery and therapies.

Dealing with heart disease can be difficult, but spotting the signs early is one of the most important things people can do to protect themselves. While most people are familiar with some signs of a heart condition, such as high blood pressure, chest pain, or shortness of breath, there are some signs that are not as known. 

Keep reading to find out 5 indicators of a heart condition;

Top 5 Indicators of Heart Condition

1. Swollen Ankles

Heart disease may present as swollen limbs or ankles at first. The condition can lead to fluid build-up in the body, which causes the limbs to swell

2. Unexplained Aches & Pains

Heart conditions can present with seemingly unexplained pains and not just chest pains.

Coronary artery disease can also cause pain in:

  • Limbs
  • Shoulders
  • Abdomen
  • Jaw
  • Neck
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3. Skin Discolouration

Heart disease can block blood vessels which often leads to skin discolouration. This can make a person’s fingers or toes appear blue or grey, but can also cause purple spots beneath the skin.

4. Feeling Nauseous

If the heart cannot pump blood properly, over time it can leave a buildup in fluid and pressure in the abandoned, this can cause bloating, and water retention, as well as unexplained nausea.

5. Difficulty breathing when lying down

If breathing is difficult when lying down, but gets better when sitting up, it can be a sign of fluid buildup in the lungs, often caused by a heart condition.

How to protect your heart?

There are many different types of heart disease:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Heart valve disease
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Myocardial infarction (also known as a heart attack)

The cardiovascular system has the essential job of carrying constant blood supply to all the body’s organs and tissue, so it’s important to make sure this organ can do its job properly.

A healthy lifestyle and seeing the doctor routinely are one of the best things anyone can do to protect their heart muscle, at any age. Healthy nutrition and physical activities are one of the best strategies to reduce your risks of cardiovascular disease, in addition to:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Not smoking
  • Giving up alcohol
  • Keeping pre-existing conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure under control, etc.

How Gen Physio can help?

If you or a loved one is looking to improve heart health, the Gen Physio specialists can provide excellent at-home care, for your convenience.

Our nutrition and exercise services can help you build a healthier lifestyle and protect your heart health.

Want to learn more? Reach out today!

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