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World Heart Day 2017: 7 warning signs of heart failure you should never overlook!

On 29th September every year, World Heart Day is celebrated to stress on the importance of heart health.

Written by: India TV Lifestyle Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 28, 2017 17:20 IST ]
7 warning signs of heart failure

On 29th September, the world is all set to observe World Heart Day. The day has been assigned by World Heart Federation to lay emphasis on growing number of cardiovascular diseases cases in India. In a survey conducted by Saffolalife, several factors have been revealed which makes India a unhealthy country when it comes to heart’s health. Sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits and lack of sleep are some of the factors that contribute to degrading heart health. Health experts also believe that people often ignore the warning signs shown by our body, which indicates poor heart health. A light-headed feeling and increased heart rate are some of the signs of heart failure that one should not ignore, say experts.

With World Heart Day, which falls on September 29, coming up, Sanjay Kumar, Advisor to Credihealth and Sonia Narang, Nutrition and Wellness Expert, Oriflame India, have listed some signs to detect heart failure. 

7 symptoms of heart failure

Light-headed feeling

Since the heart is not functioning effectively, it is not able to pump enough blood to meet the needs of all the body tissues. This leads to a reduction in blood flow to the brain making you feel light-headed or dizzy. Fainting or sudden loss of consciousness is due to serious lack of blood flow to the brain.

Increased heart rate

Patients experiencing increased heart rate due to heart failure have reported a feeling of heart racing and beating with varying strengths. Feeling of palpitations and heart throbbing suggests that the heart would be pumping faster to compensate for the reduced functional capacity of the heart.

Build-up of excess fluid in body tissues

As the blood flow from the heart slows down, blood returning to the heart through the veins pools up, which leads to fluid retention and is reflected as swelling in the ankles, feet, legs or weight gain.

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

If you suddenly feel unsteady and you also have chest discomfort or shortness of breath, call a doctor right away. It could mean your blood pressure has dropped because your heart isn't able to pump the way it should.


It's normal to snore a little while you sleep. But unusually loud snoring that sounds like a gasping or choking can be a sign of sleep apnea. That's when you stop breathing for brief moments several times at night while you are still sleeping. This puts extra stress on your heart which can lead to heart attack.

Throat or jaw pain

This pain could be caused by a muscular issue, a cold, or a sinus problem. But a pain or pressure in the centre of your chest that spreads up into your throat or jaw, it could be a sign of a heart attack

Cold sweats

Breaking out in a cold sweat for no obvious reason could signal a heart attack. If this happens along with any of these other symptoms, call for help to get to a hospital right away. Don't try to drive yourself. 

On 29th September, World Heart Day is being observed. On this day, let’s pledge to adopt a healthy lifestyle and keep our heart and body in good  shape. 

(With IANS Inputs) 

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