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Signs of heart disease

ShyamprofileDr. Shyamprasad


Angina, is a painful condition in the left side of the chest, often aggravated by exertion and relieved by rest. This is a classical symptom of heart disease. However most often heart disease may present with less alarming and common symptoms like the following:

  • Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm or below the breast bone.

  • Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm

  • Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling ( may feel like heart burn)

  • Sweating, nausea, vomiting or dizziness

Breathless on exertion implies that the heart is weak and requires very serious attention.

Diabetics need to be more careful as they can have a heart attack without pain. Any of the mild symptoms mentioned above should be taken seriously.

Irregular heart beat and palpitations are a sign of heart disease. When one feels something odd or uncomfortable in the chest, he or she should immediately go for a complete heart evaluation with all the normal prescribed tests. Palpitations can also occur due to anxiety however heart disease should be ruled out.

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