20th Jul 2016

Heart health: six early signs of heart trouble

Man clutches his chest experiencing heart pain
Leon Della Bosca

According the Australian Heart Foundation (ACF), cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of Australia’s largest health problems. To put that into perspective, CVD kills one Australian every six minutes and affects one in six Australians. That’s 3.72 million people each year.

Although CVD is one of our nation’s biggest killers, it can be difficult to spot before it’s too late. For many people, the first symptom of CVD is heart attack or sudden death.

Still, there are some early signs of heart trouble which include a handful of strange symptoms that could potentially indicate heart disease in later life. Here are six of them.

Feeling light-headed
Feeling dizzy when you stand up is not uncommon. Known as orthostatic tension, many people may experience slight dizziness for a few seconds after they stand and that’s nothing to worry about. But if your light-headedness lasts for a few minutes, according to research from the University of North Carolina, you may have something wrong with your circulatory system or an underlying blood flow problem. The study shows that people who experience prolonged dizziness are 54 per cent more likely to suffer heart failure in later life.

Bad breath
Believe it or not, bad breath could be an indication that your heart is experiencing some issues. Foul breath is typically caused by gum disease which, in turn, promotes inflammation that can lead to heart disease.

By treating your bad breath, you may even be reducing your risk of CVD. Some ways that you can treat gum disease (periodontal disease), is through regular brushing and flossing, using mouthwash, eating healthily and quitting smoking. If you’re doing all these things and still have bad breath, it may pay to visit your dentist.

Clear skin during your teen years
If you had problems with acne as a teen it may well end up being a blessing in disguise, because kids who had acne are one-third less likely to develop coronary disease in their later years. According to the Glasgow Alumni Cohort Study, it’s got something to do with hormones and higher levels of testosterone during adolescence protecting you from heart disease. So it may have been embarrassing during your teens, but a saviour in later life.

A study from State University of New York, Albany shows that yawning is good for oxygenating your blood and cooling your brain. So how can that be a bad thing? It’s not yawning, per se, that’s the culprit here, it’s continuous yawning. Yawning constantly usually means that your body’s internal cooling mechanism is not working as it should. This could translate as issues with your circulatory system or your heart.

Wrinkled earlobes
A wrinkled earlobe could indicate heart trouble and, although this may sound strange, there are a few studies that back up this correlation. It’s known as ‘Frank’s sign’ after the scientist who discovered it. A diagonal crease in your earlobe may indicate arterial blockage and is believed to be a symptom of heart trouble.

A short ring finger
If your ring finger is shorter than, or the same length as, your index finger, your risk of heart disease may be higher, according to studies by the University of Liverpool. So, if your ring finger is a lot shorter than your index finger, it may be wise to be a little more heart smart.

Read more at www.menshealth.com

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25th Jul 2016
loss of appetite
Young Simmo
25th Jul 2016
After my Triple Bypass in Feb 2002 (62 years of age) I did a bit of Googeling, (N0, a lot) and the general opinion was that a bypass is good for 10 years on average. Mine will be 15 years next Feb, and not a single little twitch in my chest ever.
That's why I am a HAPPY CHAPPY, Yeeee Haaaaaaa.
18th Dec 2017
Did you read the part about the Ring Finger ?? Which Incidentally is not the finger I Scratch With !! :-) :-)
The pom
25th Jul 2016
I had a triple bypass in 1988 after a heart attack 10 km into a Marathon, which slowed me down to a walk for about 10 km then felt better so ran the rest. I didn't know what was wrong except that I felt a bit crook. Now at 83 I still ride my bike for a short ride every morning at 6 to set me up for the day, and I hope to keep on for a few more years. My Cardiologist seems quite happy with me. I don't drink or smoke, and try to be careful with my diet.
25th Jul 2016
This is ridiculous. They aren't early warning signs. But my second toe being bigger than the first so it is supposed to make me a better runner. Also if testosterone was the saviour from heart attacks then why do men die younger than women? - and why not give us all testosterone supplements?
25th Jul 2016
Fat Chance of that !! :-)
18th Dec 2017
No need to worry any longer !! I think after the Vote ! Some families will have Double Testosterone ! OR Not ?? :-) :-(
Young Simmo
18th Dec 2017
Rosret, men die earlier because they work harder. Shoveling concrete, is harder than using a washing machine. Sheeeet, I think I better go.
19th Dec 2017
Do you know how Hard it is to Scrub that Concrete off the overalls Simmo ?? :-( :-(
Young Simmo
19th Dec 2017
Yes particolor, I just say,"Hey sweetheart, do you want a new bottle of RED this week?". Then I blink and I suddenly have clean overalls. Not sure how it works but, I aint changin nuthin.
25th Jul 2016
Don't Open the Electricity Bill ! And you wont get Heart Trouble :-)
25th Jul 2016
Electricity Bill not a problem its reading comments made by Geezer ët al"makes me think is should stop reading them :-(
18th Dec 2017
particolor I agree with you on that one

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