4. Clear Skin During Teenage Years
Ironically, if you managed to escape the ridicule that was acne during high school, you may be worse off now. The prevalence of acne during those years decreases the risk of coronary heart disease by about one-third. Much like the previous point, hormone levels play a role in things that otherwise seem unconnected. Just as testosterone strengthens the body in the womb, reducing the risk of heart disease later on, the same is true during teenage years, another time when testosterone levels surge. This second “booster shot” of testosterone may play a role in reducing heart disease risk.
3. Swollen Feet
It’s not just something that comes with pregnancy; swollen feet may be a symptom of heart troubles as well. Generally, the feet swell because blood is pooling in the veins, rather than smoothly flowing back to the heart, which may indicate a problem with the heart valves opening and closing properly. This is another sign that you will want to consider, especially in conjunction with certain other symptoms, such as shortness of breath. Of course, if you’re already taking medications for heart trouble or diabetes, these may cause foot swelling, but at that point, you’re already in the know.Related: 13 Home Remedies for Varicose Veins That Really Work
2. Varicose Veins
Speaking of blood pooling, varicose veins are another indicator of this. These unsightly, prominent veins can sometimes form in the legs, usually starting between early adulthood and middle age. They generally indicate when blood is collecting in places it shouldn’t. Often, they are harmless; usually, compression stockings are enough to alleviate them, and exercise can help as well. In some rare cases, patients may elect to undergo surgery, but this generally isn’t necessary. However, in some cases, varicose veins can cause pain and discomfort to a person, and sometimes they are indicative of an underlying problem within the circulatory system.
1. Upset Stomach
If you’ve ever investigated heartburn before, you’ve probably learned that it rarely, if ever, has anything to do with your heart, contrary to the name. However, digestive issues in the stomach, such as nausea and indigestion, could be related to heart trouble. This is especially true if the discomfort is accompanied by bouts of sweating. If you’ve eaten something out of the ordinary or at an unusual time, it may just be a matter of an upset stomach, but if you suffer from nausea despite eating foods that haven’t caused a problem before, it’s good to get checked out.
All in all, there are a lot of things that may tip you off to heart disease. Keep in mind, these signals are not guaranteed indicators that you have heart disease, but their presence may indicate an increased risk of heart disease. As such, it’s important to make healthy decisions moving forward to reduce that risk, especially if there are other, inevitable factors, such as family history. Diet (avoid bad cholesterol, excess salt, and fat) and exercise (aim for half an hour each day) can help, particularly if you are overweight, as obesity is also a contributing factor.