5 symptoms of heart failure that can be identified early
- 1.8 million Indians are hospitalised every year owing to heart failure
- It is important to get an early diagnosis in order to avoid a severe condition
- Constant fatigue and rapid heartbeat are some common signs of heart failure
The number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease is growing by the day. The common causes behind these are high stress levels and unhealthy diets and lifestyles. All of these factors put Indians at a greater risk of suffering from heart failure.
Every year, 1.8 million Indians are hospitalised owing to heart failure and a total of 8-10 million have some form of life-threatening condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood in the body to meet oxygen and nutrient requirements.
Some common signs of heart failure are:
If you feel tired after performing basic tasks like climbing stairs, walking, carrying groceries or any other everyday activity then it is a cause of concern. When the heart muscles become weak their inability to pump enough blood reduces the amount of oxygen in the body which can make a person feel tired at all times.
Shortness of breath
Feeling short of breath after performing minimum exercise or everyday tasks might be a sign of heart failure since the condition can lead to fluid gathering in the lungs which makes it difficult to breathe.
Swollen ankles, legs and abdomen
Accumulation of blood in the legs and feet can occur due to heart failure. This build-up of fluid is especially visible in the ankles, legs or abdomen.
Sudden weight gain
If you gained a lot of weight in a short span of time without making any big changes to your lifestyle then it should not be neglected as random weight fluctuation.
Since the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently, it leads to the heart increasing its speed which results in irregular or rapid heartbeat. It is imperative for patients of diabetes and hypertension to be screened regularly.
Symptoms can vary depending upon a person’s body. An early diagnosis can go a long way in saving a person from a chronic condition.