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Symptoms of Heart disease

Symptoms of Heart disease: Introduction

Chest pain is often thought of as a classic symptom of heart disease. However, now all people with heart disease have chest pain. Some people even have a heart attack without chest pain. In addition, by the time a person experiences chest pain, he or she may have had a form of heart disease, such as atherosclerosis for a long time.

The only sure way to detect heart disease, especially in its early stages before serious complications occur, is through a comprehensive evaluation from a licensed physician or health care professional and regular medical care.

When there are symptoms of heart disease, they may be very mild and/or vague and include weakness, cough, fatigue, dizziness, backache and/or a feeling of indigestion. Other symptoms may include palpitations, change in consciousness, sweating, shortness of breath, chills, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, paleness, and cyanosis, (a bluish discoloration of the lips, feet and hands). Additional symptoms can include pain or numbness in the extremities, fainting, edema or swelling of the ankles or legs. In infants symptoms can include difficulty feeding and not gaining weight.

Many types of heart disease are serious and can lead to serious complications that may be life-threatening. Many types of heart disease, such as atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease increases the risk of developing such life-threatening complications as cardiac arrest, stroke, and death....more about Heart disease »

Symptoms of Heart disease

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Heart disease includes the 13 symptoms listed below:

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Heart disease: Symptom Checkers

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Diagnostic Testing

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Heart disease: Medical Mistakes

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Heart disease?

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Heart disease:

Heart disease can often have no symptoms, which is why it is called a "silent" killer. But, there are some symptoms that can alert you to a possible problem. Chest or arm discomfort, especially while under stress or during activity, is a classic symptom of heart, and is a warning sign of a heart attack. Women or older people may also have fatigue (with no reason why), shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, or abnormal heart beats (or palpitations). (Source: excerpt from HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: NWHIC)

Heart disease as a symptom:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Heart disease. This signs and symptoms information for Heart disease has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Heart disease signs or Heart disease symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Heart disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Heart disease symptoms.


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