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Heart Health Signs and Symptoms
March 09, 2022
|This article was medically reviewed by Ann Wells, M.D.|
There are many health risks and chronic conditions
that may increase the risk for heart disease or heart failure. These include high blood pressure, diabetes,
and thyroid issues. “Those diseases can often be invisible to us, but they put a lot of stress and strain on the heart and that can lead to serious problems,” says Dr. Stephanie Arnold, medical director at InnovAge’s PACE center in Richmond, Virginia.
“Genetic, economic, and social issues can all be factors. It is important physicians develop trusting, healthy relationships with their patients,” she says. “A patient should feel all of their concerns are taken seriously by their physician. This can help make sure the treatment plan makes sense for the patient.”
What are the warning signs your heart may be at risk?
Be sure to monitor your overall health and look out for these symptoms:
- Physical weakness and fatigue
- Heart palpitations
- Swelling in your legs and feet
- Weight gain
- Tightening of clothes and shoes
- Eat a diet with lots of vegetables and lean proteins
- Take your medications regularly
- Find ways to manage stress
- 3-5 times a week: move your body enough to get your heart rate up and maybe sweat a little
The information in this article and on InnovAge’s website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new healthcare regimen.