Is Excessive Sweating A Sign Of Heart Disease?

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Have you been exercising for many years, but of late noticed some changes? Do you experience changes such as longer recovery, higher heart rate, or excessive sweating while doing little or no physical activity? then you should get a medical checkup. Today we will cover excessive sweating and its relation to a heart condition.

Why Sweating Is Linked To A Heart Condition

We can associate sweating with atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition where the buildup of plaque on the inner walls of arteries narrowes them . Thus the cross-section area reduces. This forces body to work harder than usual to deliver blood to vital organs including the heart. Angina or chest pain occurs when not enough oxygen-rich blood reaches the heart. People with angina often feel cold sweat

Is Excessive Sweating Always Dangerous?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical term used for excessive sweating. Primary hyperhidrosis is a natural process that is related to activity, genes, ambient temperature, clothing, etc. You are used to the normal level of sweating that you generally have. Sweating is your body’s normal cooling system. However, if you are sweating more than usual, it may be a sign of secondary hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis is mostly due to an underlying medical condition such as heart attack, angina, or subacute endocarditis. 

Actions You Shoul Take If You Are Having Any Of The Symptoms

There are certain things that one can ask himself and then act immediately, followed by a detailed medical checkup. 

  • Have I been doing physical exertion more than usual or in a different environment?
  • Is there any reason for the body to feel sore or weak?
  • Do I feel a racing heart or a heart rate more than usual?
  • Am I having a feeling of nervousness or nausea or vomiting?
  • Feeling more fatigued doing normal daily chores?
  • Am I sweating even without doing any physical activity?

It is important to take corrective action immediately if the answer to any of the above questions is, ‘yes’. It indicates a medical condition. Besides immediately stopping and relaxing, it is important to inform people around or your family about the changes you are feeling. Once you feel better, it is important to undergo tests under medical supervision. 

Many a time you may have a single episode so you take it lightly. Also, it may happen that after the episode you get blood tests done and find no issue. Even ECG may come normal after a minor episode. However, the most vital is to check the condition when under stress. There are advance tests such as treadmill test which can help know the exact state of the cardiovascular system under different conditions. It is recommended that we get the first test done at 50 years of age even if we have no condition. Depending on the results of the test, one can repeat the test every 5 years or early as required. 

A Word From H2FCare

Our body is a result of its evolution over millions of years. Hence it is extremely efficient. It does give tell-tale signs if anything is not functioning properly. At times the tell-tale signs are similar to different conditions or are not understood in the right sense. Hence, it is important to get into the depth of the signs and rule out or act on a particular medical condition. As you age, it is important to notice any change from the usual and not take it for granted.

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