Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease – Do You Have Them?

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Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease – Do You Have Them?

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Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease

The most common symptoms of coronary heart disease are, heart attack and angina (chest pain). There are other symptoms of heart disease such as heart palpitations and breathlessness. In most cases of coronary heart disease, people do not show any of the symptoms before they are forced to undergo treatment for heart attack or severe chest pain.

Angina and Coronary Heart Disease

Angina refers to the chest pain that occurs when the coronary arteries are partially blocked. Angina can be mild or severe. When it is mild, it appears as an uncomfortable feeling, not different from indigestion. When severe, angina can cause a painful feeling of tightness, severe discomfort and heaviness, usually at the center of the chest. The pain spreads to the arms, back, stomach, neck and jaw. Angina is often caused by a physically exhausting activity and an extremely stressful situation. It usually lasts for 10 minutes or less. Those who suffer from angina are recommended rest and are given a nitrate tablet or spray to relieve the pain.

Heart Attack and Coronary Heart Disease

Heart attacks are caused when the arteries become completely blocked. The most common symptom of a heart attack is severe chest pain or discomfort. Heart attacks cause a severe discomfort in the center or the left side of the chest. The pain lasts for a few minutes. It goes away and then comes back.

 The discomfort caused due to a heart attack appears in the form of a severe pressure on the chest, squeezing, pain and fullness. The feeling can be either mild or severe and sometimes feels like a heartburn or indigestion.

Symptoms of heart attack are very similar to the symptoms of angina. The difference is that the pain from angina lasts for a few minutes only, while the pain from heart attack lasts longer.

So if the chest pain or discomfort does not go away and occurs in certain patterns – for example, the pain occurs when you are sitting or lying down – then it is a definite sign of a heart attack and not just an angina.

Regardless, whether you get an angina or a heart attack, it is important to call 9-1-1 immediately. It is very difficult for a layperson to distinguish between an angina and a heart attack. So it is better to be safe by calling 9-1-1 and getting the right treatment for the condition. Any chest pain should be checked by a doctor.

 Some of the common symptoms of heart attack include…

  • Shortness of breath, which occurs during or before the discomfort in the chest
  • Upper body discomfort, which is marked by pain in one or both arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach
  • Nausea – a sick feeling in the stomach, lightheadedness, vomiting, breaking into a cold sweat and fainting
  • Problems with sleeping, exhaustion, severe fatigue, lack of energy

Heart Failure and Coronary Heart Disease

Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s requirements. When the heart fails, it doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped working or is about to. The most common symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, physical exhaustion and severe fatigue, swelling in the feet, legs, ankles, stomach, and the visible bulging of the veins in the neck. These symptoms are caused due to the buildup of fluids in the body. When the symptoms of heart failure occur, you may feel short of breath and tired all of a sudden, and will find even the simplest tasks such as climbing the stairs to be physically impossible.

Final Thoughts

Heart attack, heart failure and angina are the three signs of coronary heart disease. It is absolutely critical to call 9-1-1 if you or a loved one shows any of the symptoms listed here. You must get treated by a doctor or a qualified medic at the earliest after suffering from a heart attack or a heart failure.

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