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Heart Disease Symptoms

Heart disease can come in many forms and heart disease can strike even the most unsuspecting people. It's best to be informed and know the signs and symptoms of heart disease.

Signs & Symptoms

Coronary Artery Disease

  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Faster heartbeat
  • Weakness 
  • Nausea 
  • Sweating

Heart Attack

  • Chest pain 
  • Pain in other parts of your upper body, including one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or abdomen 
  • Nausea or stomach cramping 
  • Dizziness 
  • Cold sweat 
  • Shortness of breath 

Arrhythmias

  • Palpitations 
  • Pounding chest 
  • Dizziness 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure 
  • Tiredness

Atrial Fibrillation

  • Heart palpations 
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness 
  • Chest pain or pressure 
  • Shortness of breath

Heart Valve Disease 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Weakness 
  • Dizziness 
  • Chest pain - feeling more like pressure 
  • Irregular heartbeats

Heart Failure

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Quick weight gain (2lbs or more in one day) 
  • Swelling in ankles, legs, abdomen 
  • Dizziness 
  • Tiredness 
  • Irregular heartbeats

Heart Muscle Disease (Cardiomyopathy)

  • Chest pain or pressure 
  • Swelling of lower extremities 
  • Tiredness 
  • Fainting 
  • Abnormal heart rhythms 

Some people may experience no symptoms or minor symptoms, while others may develop symptoms which worsen.

Pericarditis 

  • Sharp pain in the center of the chest; pain may extend to the neck and potentially the arms and back 
  • Pain could worsen when lying down or taking a deep breath 
  • Low-grade fever 
  • Increased heart rate

These symptoms are also associated with other forms of heart disease. Please see your doctor to receive a diagnosis.