Have you ever soaked through your shirt before a job interview or exam? Stress-induced sweat is a different sweat than what drips from your face when you exercise. Sweat and other seemingly normal bodily processes can, in fact, have serious implications. You already know certain warning signs like fever or sudden pain can signal that something needs attention. Thankfully, the body has several other ways of telling you to see a doctor, but some signs aren’t as noticeable as others.
A Sudden Sweat
If a sudden heavy sweat comes upon you, it might be a sign that you’re having a heart attack. It could also signal that you have hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid), or a panic attack. Other signs of a heart attack include chest tightness and shortness of breath. Panic attacks can also be accompanied by shortness of breath or tightness in the chest. If you break out in a sweat, it does not mean you are symptomatic of these conditions. Consult your family history and ask your doctor about these conditions and whether you’re at risk.
The eyes are more than a vessel for vision. They can be the first indicators of many serious conditions and diseases. Cancer, diabetes and AIDS are just a few conditions that can be identified through the eye. The retina will have hemorrhages and possibly fatty deposits if a person has diabetes. AIDS causes inflammation of the retina which can be blinding. Cancer—commonly breast and lung—can be spotted in the eye before it is found at its original source. Getting a routine eye examination can help detect some of these issues before they progress.
Your feet aren’t just a method of transportation for your body. There are two pulses within the foot that, when they can’t be identified, can be a sign of artery blockage. This blockage, known as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), puts an individual at high risk of heart disease and should be assessed if someone experiences other correlating symptoms. Your physician should be able to easily identify the two pulses in your feet. Other tests can be performed when figuring out if you have PAD. If you experience pain in your legs or difficulty walking distances, you might want to ask your doctor to check for PAD.
Though unnoticeable at times, our bodies communicate to us in many ways. With some research and listening to our own bodies, we can prevent more serious illnesses. If you think you are at risk for any of the above conditions or diseases, contact your doctor. If you think you’re having a heart attack or other medical emergency, call 911.
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