Coronary heart disease – also called ischemic heart disease – is one of the leading causes of death in the UK.
This happens when the blood supply to your heart is blocked by the buildup of fatty substances in your coronary arteries.
Many of us believe that heart problems appear as obvious symptoms and prompt us to seek medical attention immediately.
And in fact, the most common symptoms of coronary heart disease are:
- Chest pain
- shortness of breath
- Pain throughout the body
- Feeling of powerlessness
- feeling sick
But the disease could manifest itself in much more subtle ways before you go to sleep, according to Michael Miller, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
When you fall asleep, you may hear your own breathing or the strange rumbling of your stomach.
But Dr. Miller said to look out for one telltale sign that could indicate you have coronary artery disease: the sound of your own heart palpitations.
Although you may think it is normal, falling asleep is a time when your body relaxes and relaxes. Your heart shouldn’t be beating so loudly that you can hear it.
“Some patients with a noisy defective valve may hear the noise of their valve at night when they are trying to sleep,” said Dr. Miller told Health.
Instead of adjusting your sleeping position to stop hearing the “Do, P-pump” sound, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about it.
A pounding heartbeat can also be a sign of low blood pressure, low blood sugar, anemia, dehydration, or even a result of the medications you are taking.
According to the British Heart Foundation, the feeling of your heart racing, pounding or fluttering is called palpitations.
It was said that heart palpitations could be caused by the following heart diseases:
- Arrhythmia – abnormal heart rhythm
- Cardiomyopathy – a disease of the heart muscle that affects its size
- Congenital heart disease – when a defect in the heart valves or chambers develops in the womb
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
We advise you to speak to your GP if the symptoms persist for a long time, do not improve or get worse.
This also applies if you have had heart problems in the past.