When it comes to health, particularly heart health, typically all we’re watching out for are the sharp, obvious pains of serious heart trouble. However, heart disease is called the “silent killer” for a reason. Even if all seems well, it can sneak up on you; some factors, such as genetics, may be stacked against you. However, there are several lifestyle choices you can make to protect yourself from cardiovascular disease. Below are some signs and symptoms of heart disease, as well as changes you can make to improve your health.

19. Chest Pain


While it is certainly not the only indicator, chest pain is a rather obvious symptom of heart trouble, and probably the sign most recognized when it comes to an impending heart attack. If you start having chest pains, particularly those that are quite sudden and sharp, it’s time to dial 911 or have someone drive you to the hospital. Keep in mind that it’s not just sudden chest pain you should be wary of. If you have any chronic or long-term chest discomfort, this is also worth investigating, so don’t hesitate to see your doctor about it.

18. Arm Pain


You can’t mention chest pain and heart trouble without considering arm pain as well. Generally, arm pain is a side effect of chest pain, as the pain will radiate out into the left arm and sometimes even into the throat or jaw. Because arm pain can have many causes, it is not always associated with heart trouble. However, if a shooting pain in the arm is accompanied by other symptoms indicating heart trouble, or you tend to experience some of the other symptoms on this list, you need to seek medical attention immediately.


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