As we age, our body ages with us. We may not be as active or we may find ourselves slowing down when we go to exercise. Our joints may be stiff and sore or we may just lose our motivation to do anything at all. If you feel like this, don’t worry. While you may be running through health scenarios in your head—and on the internet—it’s very possible that all these symptoms you’re experiencing may be heart-related.
First, how tired are you? I’m not talking tired enough to sleep. If you’re experiencing a chronic fatigue—where you can’t muster the energy to get up out of a bed or chair—this could be a warning sign your heart is in bad shape. It’s similar to when we have the flu but this fatigue is a daily occurrence. In retrospect, this is a sign your body is not getting enough oxygen. To relieve this, try drinking water. The hydration should help the oxygen flow more smoothly throughout your body.
Another symptom is that you will get dizzy or light-headed. This can happen for any number of reasons, such as working out too hard at gym or getting off a carnival ride that involved too much spinning. But, dizziness and light-headedness could also be a sign of dehydration. You may have gotten up too quick from a chair or it may be a result from an inner ear problem. If you’re experiencing this, be sure to talk to your doctor. There could be blockage in the heart’s arteries and, if you catch it in time, it could be treatable.
Also track whether or not you get short of breath while walking. This could be walking down the street or it could be walking up stairs, but you struggle to make it the whole way without gasping for air. It could be asthma or a cold, but it could also be a sign your heart is in trouble. Fluid that builds up in the left side of the heart can cause coughing. This is easily treatable and, once you get it fixed, chances are promising that you’ll never experience it again. While exercise promotes a healthy heart, don’t wait to get this symptom checked out. It could save your life.
On another note, what’s the likeliness that you’re depressed? Each year, millions of Americans are impacted with this chronic mental illness. While it’s not a direct connection to your heart, every aspect of mental wellness is connected to physical wellness. Those that are depressed have more anxiety and more stress, which puts them more at risk for heart disease or a heart attack. They are less likely to have the mental tools to cope with the situation, which may bring on chest pains. If you’re depressed, don’t wait until it’s too late. Help is just around the corner.
Finally, you may have a potential heart problem if you have migraines. Forty percent of those that have cardiovascular disease suffer from migraines. The sensitivity to light and sound is just about enough to bring anyone to their knees; a heart problem shouldn’t have to come with it. They cause our nervous system to be off balance, however, which may cause anxiety or stress. Too much anxiety or stress could lead to heart disease. So talk to your doctor; open the conversation and ask if you are at risk. Find out if you have a heart problem while there is still time to fix it. You deserve to live the best life possible.