What can break a young heart? 4 heart disease warning signs for the youth
MANILA, Philippines — Matters of the heart know no age — at least medically speaking.
Heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases are common among the elderly that they seem inevitable, but these illnesses can actually affect young adults as well.
In the recent study published by Canadian Medical Association, cardiovascular diseases and stroke are still among the leading causes of death worldwide — where one-third of heart attacks, 25 percent of strokes, and 40 percent of cardiac arrests occur in people of working age and those below 65.
Makati Medical Center, a top hospital in the Philippines, gives early signs of heart diseases that people should not ignore. According to the center, recognizing these symptoms early is important to get the appropriate treatment right away which can save one’s life.
Age, genes, unhealthy lifestyle
Aside from age and other genetic factors, unhealthy lifestyle choices also play a big role in developing heart diseases despite the growing health and wellness trends in today’s generation.
“While symptoms like chest pain or weakness are quite common, there are subtle signs that can be hardly noticed,” said Dr. Mary Milagros Uy of MakatiMed’s Cardiology, Department of Medicine.
Uncomfortable pressure, fullness or pain in the chest area
If you have a blocked artery, you may feel pain, tightness, or pressure in the center or left side of your chest area. This sudden feeling can last for a few minutes, go away, and then return. If the pain continues for more than five minutes, immediately seek help and go to the hospital.
Soreness or discomfort
The center also warns against noticeable soreness or discomfort in your arms, the back, jaw, and abdominal area.
While chest pain is an obvious sign, arm, shoulder or back pain that waxes and wanes can also be an indicator of a possible heart attack caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles.
Fatigue, shortness of breath
If you are suddenly experiencing unusual fatigue, shortness of breath and cold sweat especially if you are diabetic, do not be afraid to see a doctor and request for an electrocardiogram or ECG, which can detect a possible heart attack.
“Women and diabetics may have atypical manifestation of heart attack,” said Dr. Uy.
Prevention is the best way to avoid cardiovascular diseases whatever season of life you are in, so start nurturing your heart by improving your lifestyle and quitting unhealthy habits. Be physically active and healthy, jumpstart an exercise program, change your family’s diet, and have regular checkups with your doctor to help you improve your overall health.