January 22, 2012

Heart Disease and the Symptoms

There are many possible health conditions that fall under the umbrella of heart disease or cardiovascular disease, because of this the related symptoms can be wide and varied.
Below is a list of some of the key heart disease symptoms to be aware of:

Heart Disease and the Symptoms No 1:

Chest Pain or Chest Discomfort
The most alarming and significant symptom is chest pain, this is a sure signal of a problem and could be a heart attack. While many other conditions can cause chest pain, cardiac disease is very common and can be very dangerous, chest pain should never be dismissed as being insignificant.

"Chest pain" can be described as any pain, heavy pressure on chest, numbness or any other discomfort in the chest, neck or arms. The pain can last from a second to a day or days to a week, it can occur without warning and can occur sporadically. This description of chest pain is obviously very vague, but a heart attack can produce symptoms like this and should not be ignored. Your life depends on it.

Heart Disease and the Symptoms No 2:

Heart Palpitations
Palpitations or constant changes of your heartbeat is a common symptom among society and needs to be monitored and checked regularly, or at least try to reduce these symptoms. When people describe the palpitations or irregular heartbeats, they are most often described as "a pause or a long skip”. Palpitations in the heartbeat are also described as sporadic rapid and irregular beats or as a strong beat after a missed beat.

People with palpitations have some type of cardiac arrhythmia and simply means they have an abnormal heartbeat rhythm. Almost all types of arrhythmias can be classified as a major signal that your heart needs some help and as soon as possible. If you constantly have heart palpitations, it could be a very important signal telling you that you could be a heart attack in the making.

Heart Disease and the Symptoms No 3:

Lightheadedness, Dizzy Spells and Fainting
Lightheadedness or dizzy Spells can be caused by many different health reasons, including dehydration, suffering from a virus, prolonged bed rest, diabetes, thyroid disease, vascular disease, cardiac arrhythmias, low blood pressure and more. Due to the fact that many different health conditions can cause these type of symptoms, anybody experiencing lightheadedness or dizziness should visit and get checked out by their doctor as soon as possible.

Fainting is a quick but a temporary loss of consciousness. It can be a scary experience but is quite a common occurrence and most people pass out at least once during their life. Fainting does not necessarily mean that someone has a health issue, but sometimes it can indicate a dangerous or serious condition, so it is important to figure out the cause just in case.

Heart Disease and the Symptoms No 4:

Fatigue and Sleepiness
Fatigue and sleepiness are very common symptoms in today’s fast moving and high pressure world. Fatigue or lethargy can stop a person functioning at one's normal levels and could be a sign of a problem. People who suffer from Fatigue either crave sleep - or worse find themselve’s suddenly asleep during the daytime on a constant basis.

Fatigue and lethargy can be a symptom of heart disease but these common and non-specific symptoms can also be due to disorders in the body. Similar to lightheadedness, dizziness and fainting, people who suffer fatigue and sleepiness need to try and pin down a specific cause. Sleeping disorders can be a major cause but Heart Disease can also produce these symptoms.

Heart Disease and the Symptoms No 5:

Being Short of Breath
Shortness of breath is often a symptom of cardiac problem or a lung disorder. Heart disease and coronary artery disease can be a cause of you having being short of breath. People with heart disease commonly experience shortness of breath with most physical exertion and when they are lying flat on their backs.

People can also suddenly wake up during the night gasping for a breath. Cardiac conditions such as heart disease or cardiac arrhythmias can produce this symptom if your health issue is serious or if you are lying on your back.

Different lung conditions can also produce shortness of breath and include asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia and more. Shortness of breath is almost always a sign of a significant medical health problem and you need to be checked out by a doctor, to evaluate and help improve your condition.

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