If we could really “wear our hearts on our sleeves,” then we would know right away when our heart was not doing well. Instead, there are a variety of direct and indirect signs that we may have an unhealthy heart.
Read on to learn clues that your heart may not be unhealthy.
1) Sexual performance
Erectile dysfunction in men, and difficulty achieving an orgasm in women, can be an indicator of poor blood flow to sexual organs, but also to the heart.
According to a Mayo clinic study, “men who experience erectile dysfunction between the ages of 40 and 49 are twice as likely to develop heart disease than men without dysfunction,” reported Science Daily. In addition, researchers found that men with ED had an 80 percent higher incidence of heart disease.(2)
While the cause is not exactly known, researchers think that plaque buildup narrowing blood vessels in the penis may also be occurring around the hear. It's also possible that arterial stiffening around the heart is occurring in the smaller blood vessels that feed the penis.
2) Sleep apnea or poor sleep habits
Sleep apnea has been linked to cardiovascular disease for many years. It's also been linked to obesity and the development of atrial fibrillation. One study showed that the risk of AFib was four times higher in those with obstructive breathing.(3)
AFib is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and can lead to stroke, hypertension and heart failure.
Another study on sleep habits measured the amounts of circulating calcium and arterial stiffness. They found that those who sleep less than five hours a night had 50 percent more circulating calcium. Those who sleep longer than nine hours had 70 percent more than those who sleep seven hours a night.(4)
"Adults with poor sleep quality have stiffer arteries than those who sleep seven hours a day or had good sleep quality. Overall, we saw the lowest levels of vascular disease in adults sleeping seven hours a day and reporting good sleep quality," reported co-lead author Dr. Yoosoo Chang to Medical Daily.
3) Aging physical features