Heart Disease Warning Signs And Symptoms


Over time, heart disease frequently progresses. Before you experience major cardiac problems, you may already be exhibiting early indications or symptoms. Additionally, you might not be conscious of your heart disease’s onset. Heart disease may not have clear warning signals. Furthermore, not everyone experiences the same symptoms.

Shortness of breath, ankle swelling, and chest pain are a few examples of symptoms that could indicate an issue. Knowing the symptoms can help you seek medical attention and perhaps stop a heart attack or stroke.

Chest Pain

Between your neck and upper belly, along the front of your body, is where you get chest pain. There are numerous reasons of chest pain that are unrelated to the heart. However, the most typical sign of inadequate heart blood flow or a heart attack is still chest pain. Angina is the name for this kind of chest pain. When the heart is not receiving enough blood or oxygen, chest pain may develop. From person to person, pain might differ in intensity and nature. The severity of the issue is not always correlated with the degree of pain.

  • While some may experience a crushing ache, others may just experience slight discomfort.
  • Your heart can feel as though it is being squeezed or that your chest is heavy. Additionally, you can have a piercing ache in your chest.
  • You might experience discomfort in your neck, arms, stomach, jaw, or upper back in addition to the sternum (under your breastbone).
  • Angina’s chest pain frequently worsens with exercise or emotion and subsides with rest or the use of the drug nitroglycerin.
  • Chest pain can also be a symptom of poor digestion.

People with diabetes, women, older people, and those who experience little to no chest pain Other signs and symptoms that some people experience include:

  • Fatigue
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Generally weak
  • Alteration in skin tone or a pallor (episodes of change in skin color associated with weakness)

Breath Control Issues

Blood backs up in the veins leading from the lungs to the heart when the heart can’t pump blood as efficiently as it should. Breathing problems are brought on by fluid leaks into the lungs. This indicates cardiac failure. You might experience breathlessness:

  • During a game
  • As you’re sleeping
  • When you’re flat on your back, it might even cause you to become awake.

Wheezing or Coughing

Another indication that fluid is accumulating in your lungs is persistent cough or wheezing. 
Additionally, you can cough up pink or crimson mucous.

Swelling in the Legs, Ankles, or Feet

Another indication of a cardiac condition is edoema, or swelling, in your lower legs. Blood flow in the veins of your legs slows and backs up when your heart isn’t pumping as efficiently. Your tissues begin to fill up with fluid as a result. Additionally, you can experience stomach swelling or weight gain.

Reduced Blood Vessel Size

Your chance of having heart attack may be significantly increased if the blood arteries that carry blood to other parts of the body narrow. 
It can happen when plaque—a buildup of fatty substances—and cholesterol—develops on the walls of your arteries. Having inadequate blood flow to the legs can cause:

  • Muscle aches, pains, weariness, burning, or discomfort in your calves, thighs, or foot.
  • Symptoms that frequently develop during exercise, such as walking, and disappear after a few minutes of relaxation.
  • Legs or feet that feel numb when you’re at rest. Additionally, your legs could feel chilly to the touch and have pale-looking skin.
When blood flow to a portion of the brain is cut off, a stroke develops. Sometimes a stroke is referred to as a “brain attack.” Stroke symptoms can  include trouble speaking or interpreting language, difficulty moving the limbs on one side of your body, and one side of your face drooping.
Many factors can contribute to fatigue. Sometimes it merely indicates that you require more sleep. However, feeling exhausted can be a sign of a more serious issue. When Fatigue could be an indicator of cardiac problems:
  • You have a lot more fatigue than usual. Women frequently experience extreme fatigue before or during a heart attack.
  • You’re so worn out that you find it difficult to perform your regular tasks.
  • You feel quite weak all of a sudden.

Fast or Uneven Heartbeat (Palpitations)

Your heart may beat more quickly in an effort to keep up if it can’t pump blood as well. Your heart can be pounding or racing. Another indication of an arrhythmia is rapid or erratic heartbeat. This is problem with the rhythm or beat of your heart.