Five Warning Signs You May Have An Unhealthy Heart
The human body is an amazing thing, and like a car’s warning lights that go on to warn you of an impending problem with the engine, the human engine has its own warning system to alert you that vital systems are not working properly, or are about to fail. In the case of the human heart, the warning signs of an unhealthy heart are alerting you that this muscle is not getting getting sufficient blood flow and oxygen to function properly, due to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, hypertension or diabetes. If these warning signs are missed or ignored, you could end up with a potentially life threatening heart attack or stroke.
There are five key warning signs that men over the age of 40 should be aware of alerting them that they have an unhealthy heart, and you should visit your doctor for a physical to determine the root cause of the heart pains or other health issue, and to develop a heart healthy exercise plan to ensure your heart is healthy for years to come.
Five Warning Signs you may have an Unhealthy Heart
Neck Pain – One common warning sign of an unhealthy heart that is being starved of blood is neck pain. You may feel a constant sore neck that does not go away with rest, massage or even aspirin. Your neck muscle may feel tight or even may feel like a pulled muscle. Damaged heart tissue will send warning signals up and down the spinal cord and nerves that extend out into the neck and shoulder are usually the first to respond. You should see your doctor immediately if pain does not subside when massaged or after taking aspirin, as this may be an early sign of a heart attack or stroke.
Angina – Angina pronounced (Ann-jin-uh) or (An-Jine-Ah) is pressure felt in the chest due to lack of blood flow to the heart. Angina is generally the result of cardiovascular disease. In most cases, men will first feel symptoms of angina during some sort of physical activity, such as running, playing tennis, intense bicycling or even vigorous sexual activity, known as stable angina. Unstable angina is chest pain that can come on unannounced during physical activity or rest and is frequently accompanied with difficulty breathing. I remember my father being woken up in the middle of the night, due to unstable angina that he said felt like an elephant was sitting on his chest and could hardly breathe. Angina is rarely signaling a immediate pending heart attack, but rather a waring sign that you may have coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
In addition to working with your doctor, taking a Coenzyme Q10 supplement, commonly called CoQ10, is essential for people with heart disease or congestive heart failure, as it helps the cells turn sugar into energy so that the heart muscle cells can work properly to pump blood throughout the body more easily without straining the heart.
Erectile Dysfunction – Erectile Dysfunction is a condition in which men are unable to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Impotence in young men in their forties is usually due to a health related issue, such as heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes or smoking , which impacts the large amount of blood to the penis needed to cause and maintain an erection. Drugs like Viagra relax the blood vessels necessary to temporarily achieve an erection, but is not a permanent solution, and comes with unpleasant side effects.
It is important to take an erectile dysfunction supplement that not only works as a natural Viagra alternative, but also helps men with heart disease or diabetes and erectile dysfunction.
Dizziness – As plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries the heart must work harder to pump blood throughout the body. A strained heart pumps less blood, which means less oxygen is getting to vital organs, including the bran, which leads to dizziness, which is a less known but equally dangerous symptom of an unhealthy heart.
One easy way to improve heart function is to reduce the consumption of fatty foods and instead eat a heart healthy diet, get plenty of rest and maintain a heart healthy exercise regimen.
Smoking – Smoking cigarettes is one of the worst habits for poor heart health. You are most likely aware of the dangers of smoking, such as lung cancer and even ED in men, but smoking is a leading cause of heart disease and heart attacks in both men and women. The carcinogens in cigarette smoke make the smooth and flexible walls of the arteries and blood vessels of the heart rough and inflexible. This allows plaque to build up on the rough surfaces, which causes Coronary Artery Disease, leading cause of heart attack, stroke, erectile dysfunction and even Type 2 Diabetes.
If you are a smoker, the best way to help your heart is a method to quit smoking.
As you can see there are several separate and interrelated warning signs that the human body gives you when the body systems are damaged or not working properly. Heart disease and heart attack are very avoidable life threatening conditions if you eat a heart health dirt, get plenty of heart healthy exercise, get eight hours of sleep and see your doctor immediately if you notice any changes in your health or have any of the symptoms you read about in this article.
Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com