The common heart disease warning signs are angina, chest pain, dyspnea, edema, and palpitations.
There are many causes of chest pain that have nothing to do with the heart, but it is a discomfort or pain felt along the front of the body. Angina chest pain is the most common symptom of poor blood flow to the heart, or a heart attack.
The intensity of the pain felt does not always relate to how severe the heart problem is:
Women, older adults, and people with diabetes often have little or no chest pain. They may have other symptoms such as:
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, which can include:
When the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should, blood backs up in the veins from the lungs to the heart. This fluid leaks into the lungs and causes shortness of breath (dyspnea). Shortness of breath may be noticed during activity, while you’re resting, or when you’re lying flat on your back.
Swelling (edema) in the lower legs is another sign of heart problems. When your heart isn’t working as well as it should, blood flow slows and backs up in the veins in the legs. This causes fluid to build up in the tissues.
Fatigue could be a sign of heart trouble if:
When the heart isn’t pumping blood as well, it may beat faster to try to keep up. You could feel your heart racing. A fast or uneven heartbeat is also a sign of arrhythmia, which is a problem with the heart rate or rhythm.
If there are any signs of heart disease, or think you may be having a heart attack, call your health care provider or 911 right away. Don’t dismiss them as nothing.
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