Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

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4 Hidden Signs of Heart Trouble

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 04:45 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. Yet many Americans ignore key warning signs that come from the heart — until it’s too late. Here are four signs that you might be having heart trouble.

1. Persistent cough. If you cough while lying down and stop coughing when you sit up, it can mean you have congestive heart failure. When your heart isn’t beating properly, fluid backs up your blood vessels and leaks into places like your lungs.

2. Swollen legs. If your ankles are getting thicker, it could be a sign that your heart muscle isn’t pumping efficiently. Veins get backed up and push excess fluid into your body tissues, causing feet, ankles, and legs to swell uncharacteristically. If you feel bloated in unusual places, try pressing on your skin. If it leaves a pitted indent, that means your tissues could be harboring excess fluid and you should see a doctor.

3. Swollen gums. Bleeding or swollen gums cause inflammation, and chronic infection keeps the body’s immune system turned on. Cytokines kill germs but can also punch holes in arteries and produce plaque that can cause heart attack.

4. Palpitations. When your heart has irregular beats or beats too fast, it may be getting weaker. Arrhythmia may cause heart disease if not properly treated. It could also be a sign that you have a bad heart valve, so see your doctor.

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