Heart attack: Does your breath smell like this? The smelly symptom you shouldn’t ignore
Heart attacks are a serious medical emergency that requires immediate treatment, according to the NHS. The condition, which is also known as a myocardial infarction, is caused by lack of blood reaching the heart. Without enough blood, the heart could become seriously damaged, and it could even be life-threatening. You could be at risk of a heart attack if you notice yourself developing bad breath, it’s been claimed.
Having bad breath could be one of the earliest signs of coronary heart disease, revealed Lancaster University’s University’s Adam Taylor.
A heart attack is a symptom of heart disease. Heart disease is caused by fatty lumps blocking up the blood supply in the coronary arteries.
Gum disease is an indicator of heart disease, said Taylor, and one of the earliest warning signs of gum disease is bad breath.
“Sadly, the first sign many people have that their heart isn’t in good working order is when they have a heart attack,” he wrote on The Conversation.
“Although you can’t see your heart beating in your chest, there are visible, external signs that can indicate if something is wrong with your heart, before you suffer from a life-changing – or ending – ‘cardiovascular event’.
“The state of your oral health can also be a good predictor of the state of your cardiovascular health.
“The mouth is full of bacteria, both good and bad. The ‘bad’ bacteria can enter the bloodstream from the mouth and cause inflammation in the blood vessels, which can lead to cardiovascular disease.
“Studies have shown that tooth loss and inflamed gums [periodontitis] are markers of heart disease.”
Other warning signs of periodontitis include having red or swollen gums, and bleeding after brushing your teeth.
As the condition develops, it may lead to bad breath, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, and having loose teeth.
You should make an appointment to see a dentist if you’re worried that you may be at risk of gum disease.
Other more common signs of heart attacks include severe chest pain, having a radiating pain in your arm, and suddenly feeling very dizzy.
But, you can lower your risk of a heart attack by making some small diet or lifestyle changes.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet will lower your chances of fatty deposits in your arteries, which subsequently raises your heart attack risk.
It’s also important to limit the amount of salt in your diet. Salt raises your blood pressure, which also increases the chance of a heart attack.
Keeping active and doing regular exercise helps to keep your heart and blood vessels in good condition. Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week.