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4 Unexpected Symptoms that Could Mean Heart Trouble

A healthy heart is one key to good health. Along with preventive care like making good food choices, exercising, and managing your weight, it’s important to be aware of symptoms that could hint at heart problems. 

Here at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants in Bradenton, Florida, we believe in preventive care and educating our patients on what symptoms may indicate trouble with their hearts. Dr. Calderon offers the following information to review the more well-known symptoms of heart problems, and to bring a few unexpected ones to your attention.

Heart disease and heart attack symptoms

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States and is responsible for one out of every four deaths. Over 735,000 Americans have heart attacks every year. 

Heart attacks are the result of cardiovascular disease, a condition where the arteries become narrow due to plaque. When a coronary artery narrows so much that it becomes blocked, a heart attack is the result. 

Some of the most common symptoms of a heart attack are:

If you experience any symptoms that suggest a heart attack, get help right away by calling 9-1-1. 

Unexpected symptoms of heart troubles

Many people recognize that crushing chest pain is an emergency, but there are other, more subtle symptoms that can mean a heart attack or some other kind of heart trouble. Here are some unexpected heart-related symptoms that might surprise you.

1. Upper body pain

As mentioned previously, you know that pain in your chest and arm can be heart-related, but so can other types of top-of-the-body pain. Unexplained pain in your back, shoulder, jaw, neck, or throat can also indicate heart issues.

2. Nausea, heartburn, or vomiting

Sometimes tummy troubles are just digestion-related, but if they accompany other heart-related symptoms, it’s time to be concerned about a possible heart attack. In addition to pain or burning in your stomach, you may feel nauseous for seemingly no reason, and you may even vomit. These symptoms tend to affect women more than men when they’re signs of heart problems. 

3. Cold sweat

Sweating when you’re exercising or in a hot environment is normal, and you feel hot, not cold. But a sudden clammy and cold sweat out of nowhere can be a danger sign of a heart attack and shouldn’t be ignored.

4. Foot and leg swelling

When your heart isn’t pumping efficiently, poor blood flow can affect the lower extremities, causing swelling in your legs, feet, and ankles, and sometimes even your abdomen. This swelling can be a symptom of congestive heart failure or a problem with a heart valve, especially if you have shortness of breath, fatigue, or a rapid heartbeat along with the swelling. 

If you have any of these symptoms, get checked out right away. If you have a family history of heart conditions or are concerned about your heart, come in to see us as soon as possible. Call our office or use the handy online booking feature to make an appointment.  

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