It’s hard to make time to take care of our bodies. In general, working out is considered good for us. As important as exercising is if you have a heart condition, it can actually ‘increase’ the risk of a heart attack.
Symptoms of a heart condition are hard to detect and even more difficult during a workout. Knowing the signs can effectively save your life. So, stick around as I take you through these signs of a possible heart issue during your workout.
Not only that, but I’ll also tell you about some precautions you can take to lower the risk. Here are 6 signs to look for during a workout to help you identify possible heart problems.
Discomfort in Chest
Pain before a heart attack isn’t always sudden or sharp, it can be subtle too. It might even come and go. There are times when it’ll start off mildly with an uncomfortable pressure in the centre of your chest.
The pressure will be accompanied by a feeling of squeezing or fullness. If such a pain stays for a few minutes and keeps growing while you are working out, stop right away and seek medical attention quickly.
Panting might sound completely normal for a workout, but, having strong chest pains with it isn’t. If you experience shortness of breath with sharp or even mild pain in the chest, don’t ignore it. It might be a red flag your heart wants you to see.
By feeling “different” we mean a sensation of skipping a heartbeat and strong sensation of thumping, fluttering, flip-flopping, murmuring or pounding.
Such palpitations are normal before and after a workout, but not while you are exercising. Too fast a heart rate or skipping a beat might be a sign that exercising is taking a toll on your heart. Take it slow and if it still persists, get yourself checked out.
If you’re not used to strenuous sessions, you might end up feeling muscle fatigue but, feeling prolonged dizziness during a workout isn’t normal.
Overexertion with a weak heart can be dangerous. It can lead to a sudden blood pressure drop or can make you feel dehydrated. Feeling lightheadedness during a workout should be taken as a serious warning sign.
I mean, it might sound normal to feel muscle pain after a workout, but what’s peculiar to a heart condition is the way this pain radiates. Usually, this discomfort would start in one part of the body and eventually move to another. So if you feel your chest hurting and then next you feel pain in your shoulders, stop working out.
Many people who have experienced a heart attack describe feeling anxious with a sense of foreboding before the attack. If this experience sounds familiar to you, bestie urges you to get yourself checked out. Even if you had a heart attack in the past, it is not a guarantee that the second one will have the same symptoms.
So the question is, when should one be cautious about exercising? You might be at a 50% higher risk of getting heart disease if exercising is not part of your daily routine. Sounds a bit scary, right? Avoiding exercise can have negative effects on your health but so can excessive workouts in case of a heart condition.
If you have had any heart problems recently, or you are at risk of having one, you should be extra careful. Everyone with a heart condition is different though. Symptoms of deteriorating heart health can even be detected in advance if you are aware of them.
As we discussed earlier, these symptoms can vary if they show up during a workout. With everyone around you being hyper-active, workouts usually have a high energy vibe. In this pumped-up environment, it can be difficult to notice the warning signs your heart might be giving you. So, a proper health evaluation must be done before you decide to hit the gym.
If you have been inactive for a long period, don’t jump into exhausting exercises right away, try to build up your stamina and climb the ladder to good health, slowly. In case you have a severe heart condition, you should consult your doctor. You might be asked to avoid certain exercises or use a specially designed exercise plan. Getting help quickly in case of an emergency is as important as taking these precautions.
Timing is everything in the case of heart-related problems. Many people make the mistake of waiting for symptoms to fade away during a workout. This is playing with fire, and is like inviting a heart attack. You should not to wait for more than 5 minutes if you feel any symptoms mentioned above. Every second matters when it’s about saving a life. What do you think about taking care of your heart?