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:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes and pre-diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of heart disease

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease can range from no symptoms, to chest pain, to a heart attack.

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 heartbeat.


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.