5. Smoking

Smoking

On top of all the respiratory problems associated with smoking, it is another vice that may cause you heart trouble. This is because of the way that smoke interferes with red blood cell function, preventing your blood cells from carrying oxygen to the rest of your body. Furthermore, smoking increases your blood pressure, as the chemicals in cigarettes cause plaque to build up in your arteries. Speaking of chemicals, cigarettes also have several ingredients with carcinogenic properties. The good news is that the body recovers fairly quickly after the cessation of smoking; just don’t wait too long to kick the habit.

4. Nausea

Nausea

Nausea is the sort of problem that creeps up on you. It’s also the sort of symptom that has several causes, so it’s easy to write off as something less serious than heart trouble. However, sometimes nausea is among the warning signs of serious cardiovascular issues; what’s important is to take stock of all the signs. For example, if the nausea is accompanied by sudden anxiety or pain, particularly in the chest, arm, and neck, and you feel dizzy as well, then that’s worth getting checked out. This is especially the case if these symptoms are frequent or long-lasting.

3. Stomach Pain

Stomach

When you think of pain associated with heart attacks, the chances are good that the stomach doesn’t come to mind. However, like nausea, stomach pain may be an indicator of something more serious. A loss of appetite is yet another seemingly minor symptom that may also occur; such symptoms arise when the heart is struggling because sometimes fluid will end up in the abdominal cavity, putting pressure on the stomach. Even if it’s not heart trouble, stomach pains can still be serious, so if you’re experiencing them often, see a doctor.

2. Heartburn

Heartburn

Believe it or not, heartburn typically has very little to do with the heart. That said, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any correlation with heart attacks. Heartburn is typically a problem with the digestive, rather than the cardiovascular, system, typically occurring when stomach acid ends up where it doesn’t belong (like the esophagus). It’s called heartburn because of the pain associated with the experience; it’s not unlike pain from angina or heart attacks. This similar feeling of pain sometimes leads people to mistake one condition for the other. If you have frequent heartburn, make sure it’s only heartburn, and adjust your lifestyle accordingly.

1. Indigestion

Indigestion

We think of pain as a serious and severe warning that something is very wrong. Sometimes the most serious conditions have very few symptoms, or those that seem benign. Such is the case with indigestion and associated pains. Sometimes heart pain is not a sharp, stabbing, or even squeezing pressure. Sometimes it feels more like bloating and other dull discomforts. As with the other digestive symptoms, take stock of any other weird occurrences or factors, such as stress, high blood pressure, pain, etc. Indigestion may be a sign of other potentially serious illnesses.

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