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3 Surprising Signs Of Heart Disease

Chest pain and shortness of breath are telltale signs there could be trouble with your ticker. However, more subtle symptoms may occur. If any of these ring true for you, see your health care provider to rule out a more serious issue.

1. Weight gain.

Sudden weight gain can be due to heart failure. When your heart isn’t able to pump blood as well as it should, fluid builds up in your body and results in weight gain.

2. Sexual dysfunction.

Some of the first signs of heart disease may develop below the belt. Research shows that men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are more likely to have early stages of heart disease than those without ED. One reason: high blood pressure. Also a risk factor for heart disease, it can damage blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the penis. For women, high blood pressure can lead to fatigue and take a toll on your libido. Decreased blood flow to the vagina may also make sex feel less pleasurable.

3. Bleeding gums.

Many studies have found that gum disease increases your risk of developing heart disease. The exact reason isn’t known, but one theory suggests inflammation in your mouth could affect your heart.

 

Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia, MSN, APRN, MSHE, FNP-BC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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