Signs and Symptoms for Heart Disease Video

Classic symptoms of heart disease include a heaviness or squeezing sensation in the chest. Some people also experience atypical symptoms that include pain in the jaw, pain down the arm, breaking out in a sweat or cold, or shortness of breath.
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Question: What are the signs and symptoms of Heart Disease? Dr. Amy Epps: From a coronary artery heart attack's standpoint, since that can be the most fatal quickly and the most prevalent in this country, especially coronary artery diseases. In that there is very classic symptoms, one is pressure in the chest. They sort of -- lot of people describe as a heaviness or squeezing sensation in the chest. But not everyone will have that as a presenting symptom, and that's why it's very important to recognize some of these other a typical sort of warning signs or symptoms, such as unexplained pain in the jaws, especially the lower jaw. Pain down the arms, especially the left-arm. It sort of radiates, sort of an achiness, dullness sensation. Episodes of breaking out in a sweat, or cold and clammy for no reason. Profound shortness of breath for no reason or things that you used to be able to do without any problem like walk up a flight of stairs, suddenly you get very short of breath doing that. Certainly most concerning symptom of coronary artery disease would be loss of consciousness, a sudden blackout spell, that's a very concerning symptom of coronary disease, and normally that's a very dangerous situation when someone is having a cardiac arrest. Question: Who is at risk for Atypical Symptoms? Dr. Amy Epps: The people there at the highest risk of having the more atypical symptoms are women, women tend to have more atypical symptoms than men do. Diabetics, diabetics is especially -- there is a problem with the nerves in diabetics, and it causes them to pain differently in certain ways. So they may not have the same chest pain that you would expect you would have with the heart attack or warning signs of heart attacks, and diabetics are more likely to have the nausea, that's unexplained, or the breaking out in a sweat, it's unexplained, or the arm or the jaw things. So, it's very important to really pay attention yourself, even if you think that there's probably nothing. Heart Failure Symptoms: Dr. Amy Epps: Now other signs and symptoms of different types of heart disease. Heart failure, the most common symptom of heart failure is shortness of breath, and you can't catch your breath. Your - as I mentioned with coronary artery disease. You climb up a flight of stairs and you're profoundly short of breath, where before you didn't have a problem with that. Another symptom of heart failure is swelling on the legs. So if you're starting those, you are retaining fluid on your legs, more so than normal. Sometimes it's normal, especially and they will tend to have a little bit of swelling of your ankles, especially females. But if you've noticed that they are progressively starting to swell, and if you're short of breath as well, that's a sign that you may have congestive heart failure. Other Heart Disease Symptoms: Dr. Amy Epps: The other symptoms of other types of heart disease from an arrhythmia standpoint, very common are palpitations. Palpitations can be described as skipped beats, funny feelings in the chest, feeling like your heart is doing flip-flops, feel like your heart is racing away from you. You may even be associated with a panicky sensation, very common in women, very common in women going through hormonal changes, whether it's pregnancies or menopause. A very common symptom is to have these palpitations, or they feels like their heart is just flipping in the chest, and that's a real thing. It doesn't necessarily mean it's a serious, going to possibly fatal heart condition, but it's still like heart disease, that can be recognized and treated. Stroke Symptoms: Dr. Amy Epps: From a cardiovascular standpoint, certainly symptoms of a stroke are numbness or loss of strength in an extremity, blindness in one eye, those are more obvious profound symptoms. Other things that you may not really pay as much attention to it, if you just get sort of the very brief sort of tingly in your fingertips, usually one side or the other,

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