We Love Your Heart

By on 03/02/2017

Heart HealthIf you love your ❤️, you’re gonna love this post!

We all know the importance of heart health, but do you honestly know how to recognize the signs of poor heart health? What about healthy heart indicators?

Signs Your Heart May be in Distress

It’s great to know the signs of a heart attack (chest pain and tightness, pain in left arm, shortness of breath, dizziness), But when it comes to your heart, it’s critical to proactively learn the earlier warning signs of a heart that is unhealthy. Recognizing a failing heart early can help you intervene before a heart attack ever happens.unhealthy heart

Signs of an unhealthy heart include:

  • Swollen, bleeding and sore gums. There is a direct correlation between periodontal disease and heart disease.
  • Sleep apnea and snoring. This actually damages your heart and those who suffer from sleep apnea are 5 times as likely to suffer a heart attack.
  • A Persistent Cough. A cough that doesn’t go away and is separate from any other cold or flu bug could be a sign of fluid in the lungs.
  • Water retention. Swollen feet, ankles or legs can indicate water retention – a sign of a failing heart.
  • Extreme and sudden fatigue. Quick onset of sudden and extreme fatigue is a very popular sign that your heart is in major trouble and a heart attack could be right around the corner.
  • Weakness. If you are feeling uncharacteristically weak, beyond regular exhaustion from a hard day, this could be an indicator of heart failure occurring soon.
  • Sudden sweats. If you suddenly break out in a post-workout type sweat but haven’t just worked out, call 911 as this is often a sign of the beginning of a heart attack.


Signs of A Strong Heart

  • Strong heart rate/ quick recovery. If you exercise or exert yourself and your heart quickly returns to a healthy BPM average of 70-80, this means your heart is strong and healthy.
  • Energy. If you find you have sustained energy for long-term exercise programs, walks, or other exerting tasks, this is another great sign that your ticker is up for the task.
  • Strong breath. If you can climb a flight of stairs and you aren’t out of breath at the top – fantastic! Strong body and strong heart!
  • Healthy weight. Obesity is a major contributor to heart disease, so if you are at a healthy weight for your age and height, this is a great sign that your body is not putting any undue stress on your heart.

How to Achieve/Maintain Heart HealthHow to have a healthy heart

If you are suddenly aware of the fact that you meet more of the risk factors that strong heart indicators, that is ok! That’s the point! If you are able to recognize before a heart attack that your heart is in trouble, you can reverse your fate now! There are many things you can start doing today to get your heart back in shape and get your health out of the danger zone.

It has been said a million times, but only because that is how important it is: exercise and eat right. A strong body equals a strong heart. Obesity contributes to extra stress on the heart. You need to exercise to get your strength up. Don’t forget your heart is a muscle!

Eating right. While important for weight loss, eating right is also critical for ensuring your blood pressure and cholesterol stay low. An already weak heart can be sent over the edge if also taxed with poor cholesterol or high blood pressure. The best way to keep these numbers in a healthy range is to eat well: whole fruits, veggies and lean meats with minimal sugars, starches and processed foods.

Supplement. Take the right vitamins and supplements to support a clean, healthy heart as well as all other organs, as organ failure often leads to a chain of failures within your body.

Quit smoking. If you smoke, quit ASAP. Smoking is a quick and easy way to ensure your heart will be struggling to keep up for the rest of your life.

Reduce caffeine intake. Caffeine causes a huge spike in blood pressure and heart rate and puts undue stress on your body.

Meditate. Meditation calms the mind and body and is a proven way to decrease stress and increase body awareness, which can help you listen closely to what your body is trying to tell you.


About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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