Cupid may be okay to shoot arrows through your heart, but that’s the most damage we hope your poor ticker ever experiences! February is American Heart Month, so today we’re going to cover the little-known signs that your heart is unhealthy:
Your heart is constantly pumping nutrients to your hair to keep it growing. If that flow of nutrients is stopped, you’ll start losing hair, and the ones on your legs are usually the first to go.
Neck and Jaw Pain
One heart problem, angina, can happen when your organs don’t get enough oxygen-rich blood. Its side-effects include neck and jaw pain, especially in women.
Just as with neck and jaw pain, nausea or an aversion to food is a side-effect mostly experienced by women. The same signals that cause sharp left-arm pain can also cause you to experience nausea.
Fluid backup in the lungs can result when you have congestive heart failure. If you’ve experienced coughing fits that don’t disappear after a week, see your doctor.
Dizziness and Fainting
Irregular blood flow to the brain is one of the effects of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. This can cause the kind of lightheadedness that’s akin to what you feel if you stood up too fast.
We’re not talking about end-of-the-workday fatigue. This is severe fatigue that doesn’t go away no matter how much rest you’ve had. It often occurs in the days leading up to an attack.
Remember, if you’ve had a heart attack, it is possible to regain your life afterwards! It may not be easy, but we’re with you every step of the way. You can learn more about recovering from a heart attack in our Resource Center. If there is any medical equipment you need to aid in recovery, our experts would be more than happy to connect you with the right pieces.