Cardiologists joke that the first symptom of a heart attack is most often the heart attack itself. Thankfully, this is not exactly true. Our bodies give us small hints that can save us from big problems: the important thing is to notice them. A small crease on the ear, barely visible white spots, or excessive yawning – the symptoms can be unusual and seemingly innocuous. However, they can help you spot and start to cure heart disease before it’s too late.
We have found out which hidden signs can help identify heart disease.
Small fatty specks on the eyelids, buttocks, elbows, or knees are called xanthomas and are actually harmless. However, these fat deposits indicate an excess of cholesterol so large that the vessels can no longer hold it and start dropping it under the skin. This means the vessels need urgent help. They are most likely already afflicted with atherosclerosis, which can lead to big cardiac problems.
2. Yawning during intense exercise
When the body sweats, it cools down due to moisture evaporating from the skin surface. But the human body also has other ways of cooling itself, like yawning. This helps saturate the body with oxygen and reduce the temperature inside the head. If the natural thermoregulation mechanism fails to cope during exercising, we start to yawn. There can be several reasons for thermoregulation failure and potential heart disease is one of them.
3. Bad breath
Gum inflammation, or periodontitis, can lead to bad breath or even tooth loss. But these are not all the possible consequences of the disease. New evidence shows a connection between gum and heart diseases. The fact is that bacteria from inflamed gums can get into the cardiovascular system and start inflammation in a new place. The risk of heart disease in individuals with periodontitis is higher by 20%. No matter how intimidating a visit to the dentist may sound, for your own good you shouldn’t skip it.