Health experts are unanimous in the belief that heart related diseases, often referred to as silent killers, are responsible for the death of of about 18 people every year. They are also in agreement that symptoms are very mild at the initial stages that it is impossible for a healthy individual to spot them. This position has also been certified by the World Health Organization, WHO.
Critically however, they insist there are several common indicators of heart ailments that appear unalarming but are researched to be signs of serious health conditions, including heart diseases. One of them they say, is a swollen ankle which, according to them, can indicate that one’s heart is in serious trouble and requires urgent attention.
In particular, experts say any unexplained ankle swelling and or an appearance of it without any external injury or bruises should serve as a give-away sign of a heart trouble that should be of concern. In addition, they warn that it is a certainty if the swollen area appears warm and leaves a dent that tends to stay a bit longer when pressed.
More precisely, they warn that when the dent mark or impression of a socks stay longer on the ankle, one should consult the doctor without any delay.
Often regarded as an indicator of Peripheral Oedema, the swelling is said to occur when fluid gathers in the tissue, mostly around arms and legs, making both organs feel heavy. Experts add however, that besides being a heart disease indicator, Peripheral Oedema, a mild water retention problem, can also occur as a response to an allergic reaction.
Peripheral Oedema, they add, can equally be identified by stretched skin, change in skin color, discomfort and stiffness in the joint areas. That is, in addition to swelling in the ankles, signified by puffiness of hands and face, or swelling mostly after standing for a long time, including after sitting for a long time.
Yet, it can sometimes manifest in neck pain, dizziness, nausea and may lead to lose of consciousness.
In the main, Peripheral oedema is said to indicate congestive heart failure resulting from a weakened heart which drastically affect the amount of blood it pumps. Other signs associated with it include varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, kidney disease, less protein in blood, liver disease and emphysema, a severe lung condition.
Generally however, Peripheral Oedema results from venous insufficiency and often related to old age. It can also result from many other underlying conditions, including heart failure, renal failure, liver failure and trauma and can occur to individuals of any age group.
Experts say heart diseases do not happen at once. They insist symptoms linger within the body during whichit slowly and steadily affect the normal functioning of the heart such that it is often too late when affected individuals begin to experience the issues. Regular medical checkups, proper diet, exercises and a healthy lifestyle are regarded as very essential to a healthy human heart.