When we look for signs of deadly health conditions like heart disease and cancer, we often assume the symptoms are easy to see and are impossible to ignore. But the truth is, most of these hide in plain sight.

Small health issues are easy to chalk up to simply being old, stressed or just harmless. But if you see these changes in your body, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Hopefully, there isn't anything more to be worried about other than a simple headache or fatigue. But if not, keeping an eye out for these signs of deadly health conditions could save your life.

Panic Attacks and Stress

According to Mental Heatlh America there are many reasons that 56% of Americans who have mental health issues like panic attacks don't commonly receive treatment.

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This can pose risks to one's mental wellness. It also has physical risks as well, since panic attacks and stress-related issues can be signs of heart problems.

Heart health specialist, Carolyn Dean, MD, said there are less obvious symptoms of coronary artery disease other than chest pain and tightening sensations. Some of these symptoms include panic, anxiety, and stress.

All these symptoms can cause chest pain that may not be seen as heart-related.

Frequent Heartburn

Heartburn is fairly common and, generally, not seen as a serious health issue. But it can be a sign of one.

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Constant heartburn could be a symptom of a condition called Barrett's esophagus, according to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

People with this condition are at higher risk of getting esophageal cancer, so it is important that people get their heartburn checked out by a health professional and get proper medication

Chest Pain

Chest pain is a hallmark symptom of heart attack, but it can also be caused by something less serious like indigestion and acid reflux.

The American Heart Association outlined that some heart attacks can be sudden, and a majority of these begin with mild pain or discomfort. This pain and discomfort can go away, but it still pays to keep track of the symptom.

If you experience any chest pain, go to a safe hospital and get yourself checked. It might save your life.

Persistent Headaches

The World Health Organization said nearly half of adults experience headaches. It isn't any surprise that they can hide in plain sight that they're a symptom of a serious health problem, like a stroke.

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In a 2015 research in The Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine, persistent headaches could be a sign that stroke is about to happen. Make sure you keep this in mind, especially if it is accompanied by visual changes, nausea and vomiting.

Stiff Neck

Usually, neck pains and aches are caused by flu or other harmless viruses, but extreme neck pain has to be taken seriously. It can be a sign of meningitis.

According to Merck Manuals, this potentially deadly condition makes its hard for a person to lower their chin to their chest.


Wheezing can be common health issues like asthma and allergies. Once those two have been ruled out, it's time to think about possibly more serious cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wheezing can be a sign of deadly health conditions too.

For one, it can be a symptom of lung cancer and, according to Merck Manuals, it can also be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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