“How could Mr XYZ just slump and die of a heart disease like that? He looked so healthy and young.”
We hear this statement way too often because there are some unknown clues to heart disease that people don’t pay attention to. Here are 10 of them.
1. Loose grip
The strength in your hand may tell you something about the state of your heart. Research suggests that if it’s hard for you to grip an object properly, odds are higher that you have or could develop problems. On the other hand, improving your grip strength alone won’t necessarily make your heart healthier.
2. Dark Spot Under Nails
If you haven’t hit your finger or toe against something recently, little dots of blood trapped under your nail could point to an infection in the lining of your heart or valves, called endocarditis. These blood specks can also indicate diabetes, and people with that condition are two to four times more likely to have heart disease and strokes.
3. Sleep Apnoea
When your sleep is broken up by pauses in your breathing it usually means that your brain may not be getting enough oxygen. This sends signals to your heart to work harder to keep blood flow going. Sleep apnoea raises your risk for high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, strokes, and heart failure. Fortunately, sleep apnoea is treatable.