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Hidden Symptoms About Elderly Heart Diseases

Posted on March 13, 2017 with 0 comments

Heart diseases are one of the most common illnesses that occur in adults of age 65 and above. According to the American Heart Association, Heart conditions are the most fatal of all for people in the United States, taking 800,000 lives annually. From these deaths, 40% are because of heart attack where people die even before they reach the ER or the hospital.
However, most of heart-related maladies are preventable hence it’s important to know all about it sooner than later.

Many people already know about the main symptoms when a heart ailment occurs, like chest pain, discomfort in the arms or back and shortness of breath. However, many people do not feel any of these pains before they get a heart attack, hence the reputation of being a silent killer.

Many times doctors even find it hard to know when someone is having a heart attack but knowing these points can drive the right action when you or a loved one needs help.

• National Institute of Health pointed out that while being a common everyday problem for some, Indigestion, especially in females can be an indication of a heart attack. It’s important to also check for jaw, chest or back pain, increased anxiety and sweating that often comes with it.

• Pain in the neck, stomach or jaw, without a physical injury, doesn’t make sense and could be caused by a heart problem. If someone feels pain from their jaw to their neck and arm then what they are feeling is referral pain, according to physicians, which is an indicator. This often comes with weakness and a lack of energy.

• Migraines and headaches are also a dangerous sign, especially migraines in women who also see flashes of light, blind spots, and feel tingling sensations in the hands or face.

• Another warning sign is fatigue, and it can be identified as something different from how one would feel fatigued normally. Mostly it’s the patient who can feel it. Often patients would be short on breath as well. These symptoms sound subtle but when driven by a problem in the heart they often feel different but get ignored by the sufferers.

• Over weakness is a sign that elderly’s caregivers can note according to their physical performance and willingness to exercise or exert. The elderly will often try to hide this but the change is noticeable by the caregiver then that’s a red flag.
Along with these symptoms, it’s important to know that heart attacks are not how they are shown in the media. They are, in fact, often slow and start as mild pains. Many times the symptoms of a heart attack often come, go and constantly change. People who have already had a heart attack may also not be able to identify the symptoms as they can change with every pain, discomfort or attack.

Other than the symptoms above, which can be noticed some time before, lightheartedness, fainting, nausea and breaking out in a cold sweat can be some immediate symptoms that should alert a person right away. An elderly who has recently felt these should not be left entirely alone in the house for long hours or outside when walking to a destination as exertion can exacerbate it as well.

Heart diseases are mostly an outcome of coronary artery disease in which the artery supplying blood to the heart gets blocked with a build-up of fats. It can eventually rapture to create a blood clot which can completely block the blood to reach the concerned part of the heart.

While an elderly faces a heart attack, if this clot is not treated right away, the heart muscle could degenerate. This kind of a damage might not be obvious but it could create dire and long-lasting consequences.

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