Damage to the heart muscle or a decrease in the heart’s ability to pump properly leads to heart failure. Most often, this is the result of coronary artery disease or a heart attack. Problems with the heart’s valves, prolonged high blood pressure, or a predisposition for illness could all play a role. Regardless of the reason, a failing heart cannot supply enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.
The following signs indicate that something is wrong with your heart.
One of the most universal signs is experiencing shortness of breath, whether at rest, during activity, or even while sleeping. Not only does it prevent you from lying flat, but it also appears unexpectedly. Because of this, some people may need upper-body support in order to fall asleep, and they may wake up feeling tense, exhausted, and agitated.
2. Constant hacking at the throat
Persistent coughing or wheezing that produces white or pink mucus with blood tinge is another indicator of severe heart failure. This condition arises when fluid builds up in the lungs.
3. Extreme weariness
Feeling tired and worn out can hinder a person’s ability to get through their day, even if they are not engaging in any strenuous physical activity, and can cause them to become exhausted quickly.
This symptom occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. When this happens, the body prioritizes supplying oxygen and nutrients to the heart and brain over less critical areas, like the limb muscles.
Swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, and abdomen is caused by edema, which is caused by an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body’s tissues. It can also lead to weight gain and the associated danger of developing heart failure.
Because of the decreased blood flow, fluid builds up in the body’s tissues when the heart’s pumping rate slows. Since the kidneys are impaired in their function, less sodium and water are excreted, which adds to the retention of fluid in the body’s tissues.
5. Chest pain (anginal).
When your heart isn’t functioning normally, you may feel a squeezing, tightness, pressure, or heaviness. Cardiovascular distress is often described as feeling like an elephant is sitting on the chest.
6. Cramps in the legs.
When blood flow to the legs is compromised, it may be a sign of a larger problem in the cardiovascular system. Peripheral artery disease testing is recommended if you experience leg cramps, decreased walking distance, or constant leg pain even when at rest (PAD).