It is important to know what the symptoms of heart disease are for your own health and safety. The symptoms will vary depending on your specific situation, but there are common signs to look out for. By being able to identify some symptoms, you will be able to contact your doctor and hopefully address the problem before it worsens.
The most common symptoms of heart disease include chest pain and angina. Angina, although an unusual word, is actually a simple symptom to understand. You will feel aching, burning, squeezing, fullness, pressure or a painful feeling in your chest. It can also be felt in other areas of your body like your jaw, shoulders, arm, neck, throat or back.
Some people can mistake angina for heartburn or indigestion but it is important to consult with your cardiologist early on if you experience these symptoms just to be safe. Below are some other symptoms that will help in identifying heart disease.
Common symptoms of heart disease
- Fast or unusual heartbeat
- Dizziness and fainting
- Profuse sweating
- Palpitations (irregular heartbeats)
- Shortness of breath
- Pain, numbness, and/or weakness in your arms
Make sure you consult a doctor as soon as you notice yourself or someone you know experiencing these symptoms. Catching the signs of heart disease as early as possible is the key to a healthy recovery.
At Heart Health Institute, we are a group of specialized cardiologists who can help diagnose heart disease and recommend treatment for your symptoms. Ask your physician to refer you to one of our cardiologists if you believe you are at risk of heart disease.