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The Not-So-Obvious Signs of Heart Disease

Posted by Deanna Kidd on Mon, Nov 21, 2011

Many people who are suffering from heart disease are familiar with the common symptoms of the disease, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. According to an Everyday Health article by Dr. Chris Iliades there are other less obvious signs that can contribute to a more accurate diagnosis or analysis of heart disease.

When your cardiologist conducts an examination, he or she will look for certain surprising heart disease signs that are usually only known to heart experts, such as bleeding gums and swollen feet. These signs may even appear before you experience any of the common symptoms, and you can get a head start on preventing or treating heart disease if you are able to recognize them.

Swollen Feet and Lower Legs

Swollen feet and lower legs result from the retention of fluid. This condition is also known as peripheral edema, and it is a warning sign of heart failure. When your heart fails to pump efficiently, the fluid in your blood vessels may leak out to the surrounding tissues. Edema usually occurs in the feet and lower legs because of the force of gravity. It is an important sign if it appears with other signs of heart disease.

Male Baldness linked to heart diseaseMale Baldness

A number of studies have linked male baldness to heart disease. In comparison to men who have a full head of hair, balding men are about 23% more susceptible to heart disease. Those who have lost their hair completely have a 36% greater risk.

Gum Disease

Gum disease can also be indicative of heart disease, because it is a sign of poor circulation. Also, both of these conditions can be caused by the same bacteria, as well as prolonged inflammation.

Other not-so-obvious signs of heart disease include yellow bumps on the skin, cataracts, frequent urination, and nighttime cough. If you experience any of these signs, you should let your doctor know as soon as possible.

For more information, visit Everyday Health.

Topics: heart disease, cardiologist, heart health

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