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Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Disease - Symptoms

​The symptoms of cardiovascular disease varies, depending on the specific heart condition one has.

Symptoms of abnormal heart rhythm include:

  • A fast heartbeat
  • Pounding or fluttering chest sensations
  • Dizziness or fainting spells
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains

Symptoms of blockage in the heart’s blood vessels include:

  • No symptoms – You may not have any symptoms although blood supply to your heart may be restricted.
  • Chest pain (angina) or a sensation of feeling a heavy weight on your chest.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart attack – Caused by a blood clot or rupture in a narrowed coronary artery. Pain from a heart attack is often described as a crushing pain and may feel similar to an angina but lasts longer.

Symptoms of heart valve disease:

While heart valve disease often does not show any symptoms until the condition worsens, some of the general symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Sensations of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat (heart palpitations)
  • Chest discomfort or pain

Symptoms of heart failure or heart pumping difficulties include:

  • Shortness of breath at rest or on exertion
  • Difficulty in breathing when lying flat
  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Waking up breathless at night with dry hacking cough
  • Swollen ankles, legs or abdomen
  • Palpitation (increased heart rate)

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