We are all aware the heart is one of the most essential organs of the body, without the heart, our body would be redundant. The heart, located in the cavity of the left rib is like a water pump, pumping life supplying blood all over the body. The heart oxygenates the blood while also pumping the blood to the furthest points of the body, the limbs, toes and fingers. But how it functions is not important, how you keep it running is.
With todays fast world, the important things in life, like taking care of your heart is often neglected. Hence, it is important to know what leads to the problems of heart such as heart failure, and what can happen if the heart fails. The continuous wear and tear of the heart is normal for the human body, however when you notice these symptoms listed below, it’s time to watch out:
- A loss of Appetite
- Shortness of Breath
- Leg and ankle swelling
- Sudden Weight Gain
- Excessive Fatigue
- Heart Palpitations
- Protruding neck veins
- Abdominal Swelling
- Unexplained pains in different parts of the body
These are signs of a weak heart and symptoms for potential heart problems. Take notice of your body and visit your doctor if you experience one or more of these symptoms regularly.
Heart failure can be caused when the arteries are blocked, or the heart walls collapse, causing the heart to stop pumping blood to the body. And even if did continue to pump blood in small quantities, the same blood is denied of oxygen, hence causing a failure of the body to hold itself together. Follow the simple steps of keeping sugar consumption to the minimal, decreasing the cholesterol intake, quitting smoking and eating the freshest vegetables and fruits.
Your heart is what makes us love and care for others. Doesn’t it deserve some of that love and care too?
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Last Updated on by Dr. Damanjit Duggal
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