According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
Signs and symptoms of heart disease can be elusive to many people; sometimes they are not what one may think. Even though heart disease develops the same way in both men and women, they can present very differently.
Sometimes, neck, jaw, arm, rib and other pain can be a sign of a cardiac problem and not musculoskeletal pain. It is important for all healthcare providers to recognize this factor.
Here are a few factors YOU should keep an eye out for when it comes to heart disease.
– Yellow, fatty bumps- usually appear on the elbows, knees, buttocks, or eyelids. These internal and external fatty deposits can indicate very high cholesterol
– Heart palpitations or a fluttering in your chest– may indicate an abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia and be accompanied by lightheadedness, dizziness or near fainting
– Gum disease- can be a powerful predictor of cardiovascular disease. It can cause constant inflammation and increase blood pressure
– Constipation- bearing down and straining while using the toilet can increase your blood pressure
– Creased earlobes- studies have shown that there is a correlation between creased earlobes and plaque buildup in your arteries