We all know that high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer can kill us. But do we really know when and if we have it? Do we really know the major warning signs? If we pay attention to the warning signs and see the forest for the trees, you can use these as cues of what’s really going on and get in on prevention early on. You can catch it before it really gets bad. Here are a few unusual and often missed signs of heart disease that you can catch early on.
Male Pattern Baldness
Yes, we often think of it as an issue of simple appearance. However, male pattern baldness could come from a loss of circulation, which could be related to heart disease. In the Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr Alvarez says that heart disease may cause a lack of circulation to the hair follicles. Of course, genetics do play a significant role in hair loss, as does stress.
Some patients who have male pattern baldness may smoke, have hypertension, or a genetic predisposition relating to heart disease.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of the risk. Pay attention. Know your family’s history of both types of issues, and this can help you to really take a hard look at your personal risk. Even if it’s just high cholesterol running in your family, you could stop smoking.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
These types of health problems (and I realize snoring is typically just seen as being annoying) can cause your heart to have more problems. Emory University in Atlanta hosted a study that showed that obstructed airways in people with sleep apnea or snoring caused a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. It may go both ways. The reduced oxygen may aggravate heart disease, or it could be caused by heart disease.
To address this, prevent sleep issues now. Especially if you are experiencing sleep apnea, you have the opportunity to get in on addressing it early.
Sleep-disordered breathing typically occurs decades before it’s diagnosed, and decades before signs of cardiovascular disease events.according to Dr. Alvarez. If you have these types of issues, take a sleep test and get medical help early on.
If you have migraine headaches, you may also find yourself suffering from heart pain. Women who experience migraines with visual or sensory disturbance at least once monthly are actually twice as likely to develop problems with heart disease according to a study published by the American Academy of Neurology in June. Dr. Alvarez believes that vascular abnormalities are to blame for both, and if you find one, you are likely to find another.
Eating And Drinking Plastic
Think about all of the bottles that say that they don’t have BPA. That’s for a reason. According to a study conducted at the University of Cincinnati, BPA found in hard plastic containers actually can produce a chemical that’s much like estrogen. It can then raise your risk for heart disease in women. According to Dr. Alvarez, BPA
could create too much estrogen or block the effects of its benefits.
Instead, try replacing your plastic food containers and water bottles with stainless steel, glass, or ceramic containers. At the very least, never heat your plastic containers as it can release more BPA.
Marital Stress and Frequent Arguments
A bad marriage is bad for more than just your daily happiness. It’s also bad for your heart. A bad relationship may actually put a woman at risk for a real broken heart. A study at the University of Utah found that women suffering marital strife were at risk for heart disease issues. Men were not affected the same way interestingly.
Women’s hearts are very different than men’s hearts in terms of circulation and receptors they have for certain hormones.Marital counseling might be worth more than just your marriage.
Sexual dysfunction may signal decreased blood circulation in your heart. This may be the last thing you’re thinking about when looking to get intimate, but performance is probably more in the forefront. If you want better sex and a better heart, you might want to get this checked out for both those reasons. Again,
If you have dysfunction in one circulatory area you have it in others.As it turns out, exercise can be pretty good for your heart and your libido, as can help from your doctor.