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Symptoms of Heart Disease

Symptoms of heart disease vary according to the type of heart disease. Unfortunately, some heart diseases cause no symptoms early in their course. When symptoms occur, they vary from person to person.

Angina as a Symptom

The main symptom of coronary heart disease is Angina. Due to reduction in blood flow, insufficient oxygen reaches your heart muscle. In Angina, one experiences a feeling of heaviness, tightness, or pain in the middle of the chest that may extend to your arms, neck, jaw, face, back, or abdomen.

Angina Triggers

Angina most often occurs during exertion, for example, while climbing stairs or walking at a brisk pace. It may also occur in cold weather, when you are feeling stressed, or after overeating.

Good news about Angina is that it can subside once you stop what you are doing or take medication. Unfortunately, for many people, the first indication that something is wrong is a heart attack - also known as myocardial infarction.

Heart Attacks

Heart attacks occur when the blood supply to a part of the heart muscle is interrupted or stops, usually because of a blood clot in the coronary artery. The pain of a heart attack is often severe and may also be mistaken for indigestion. However, unlike angina, the pain doesn't subside when you rest.

Warning Signs:
Make an appointment with your doctor today, if you experience:

  • Sudden breathlessness even while at rest.
  • Angina - chest pain or heaviness in the chest that occurs during exertion, emotional stress. It may spread to your arms, neck, jaw, face, back or stomach.
  • Palpitations that last for several hours or recur over several days and/or cause chest pain, breathlessness, or dizziness.
  • Fainting - it occurs due to insufficient oxygen in the brain
  • Oedema i.e. fluid retention or puffiness.
  • Bluish tinged fingernails or around lips i.e. cyanosis.
  • Fatigue
  • Severe crushing chest pain while at rest and accompanied by sweating, light-headedness, nausea, or shortness of breath and lasts more than 15 minutes.
  • Symptoms of a Heart Attack

    Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue, palpitations (the sensation of the heart beating in the chest), lightheadedness, and fainting, or feeling about to faint.

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