Overweight – can heart disease be the cause? The warning signals of a weak heart

(djd). There are several reasons for a weakening of the myocardial muscle. High blood pressure, coronary heart disease, or disorders of bone metabolism such as diabetes, arteriosclerosis or diseases of the myocardial muscle. Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Kisters, internist, nephrologist and chief physician of St. Anna hospital in Herne points out three warning signals of a weak heart:

Increase in weight

“When the heart is weak, its pump function is limited. This can lead to fluid retention in the body which causes weight gain,” says Kisters and recommends to always see a physician if you experience inexplicable weight gain.

Swollen legs and feet

When the heart is weak, fluid is classically retained in the legs, mainly in the lower leg. A good test is to take a finger and press it into the lower leg and then observe whether the imprint remains. Another sign are swollen feet that no longer fit into shoes. 

Lack of strength

If you suffer from a continuous lack of strength, have difficulties climbing stairs while experiencing shortness of breath and a quickening pulse, you should see a physician to have your heart checked, recommends Kisters. 

Once the causes have been found, a weak heart can be treated with medication- “Often, the blood pressure has to be adjusted,” says Kisters and recommends taking magnesium in combination with orotic acid. “That way patients suffering from high blood pressure can counterbalance a magnesium deficiency which is essential for a healthy function of the heart and adjustment of blood pressure,” says Kisters. According to the expert, orotic acid supports catabolism in the myocardial muscle. Studies have shown that magnesium in combination with orotic acid supports the treatment of cardiac insufficiency and has a positive impact on course of disease.  Dr. med. Rainer Matejka, an expert of biological medicine (University of Milan) and medical director of the Matejka Day Clinic in Kassel, points out the importance of changing one’s lifestyle. If you do not smoke, drink little alcohol, reduce your weight and moderately exercise regularly, you can strengthen your heart.

Changing your lifestyle and exercising more has a positive impact on the course of disease.

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