Symptoms of Heart Disease
The symptoms of heart disease vary widely, from a fluttery feeling in the
chest to chronic shortness of breath to jaw and neck pain. Some patients
show no symptoms until they suffer a serious cardiac incident, while others
attribute their symptoms to other conditions such as heartburn or anxiety.
If you have any of the risk factors or symptoms listed below, it’s
important that you make an appointment with your primary care physician,
who may eventually refer you to a cardiovascular specialist.
Some of the most common risk factors for heart disease are:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history of heart disease
Coronary artery disease
Coronary artery disease can range from no symptoms, to chest pain, to a
Cardiac arrest/Heart attack
Symptoms range from a feeling of heaviness, pressure or squeezing in the
chest to nausea, dizziness and sweating. The most obvious symptom is loss
of consciousness and unresponsiveness.
Congestive heart failure
Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs, and rapid
There may be no symptoms, or symptoms may include a fluttering in the chest,
chest pain, fainting, or dizziness.
Peripheral Artery Disease
Symptoms often include leg pain, particularly when walking.
Symptoms include trouble walking, speaking, and understanding, as well
as paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg.