Watch Out for the Early Signs of Heart Disease
Heart disease does not only refer to one single illness, but to a group of several heart conditions that can greatly affect your health. One of the most common types of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which affects how the blood flows to the heart, and later on can cause heart attack.
Symptoms of heart disease
Heart attack: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest (palpitations).
Heart failure: Shortness of breath, fatigue, or swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, abdomen, or neck veins.
Shortness of breath Shortness of breath is commonly seen in patients with heart disease. Difficulty in breathing on physical exertion may indicate a problem in the heart valves or could be due to inflammation and weakening of the heart muscle.
Chest pain Chest pain is a classic symptom of heart attack and coronary artery disease. Type and duration of chest pain indicates the underlying heart disease. Pain could be short-term, constant, stabbing or sharp in nature.
Swelling in feet People with congestive heart failure develop swelling in the feet and ankles due to reduction in the blood pumping capacity of the heart reduce. This eventually affects the kidneys which respond by retaining more fluid in the body. The fluid starts getting accumulated in the feet and other parts of the body.
Cold sweat A person who is likely to get a heart attack may start sweating profusely without any apparent physical exertion. Heart failure results in over stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system that leads to sweating.
Tiredness Symptoms of heart disease may vary in men & women. In women common symptoms of heart failure/heart attack is unexplained overall tiredness and fatigue. Fatigue is also common in the older people with diabetes who also suffer from heart disease.
Irregular pulse rate. Rapid pulse rate or strong heart beat is a usual complaint made by people visiting a cardiologist. Palpitations could indicate a heart problem when associated with shortness of breath, weakness sweating and other symptoms.
Pain in the hands Some people may experience intermittent or constant pain in the shoulder that radiates to the entire left arm and even the back.
Medical centre in Abu Dhabi
Adam and Eve Specialized Medical Centre in Abu Dhabi will help you get an early detection of any heart disease. Some heart disease can go under the radar until a person experiences symptoms of heart attack, heart failure, or arrhythmia. Our internal medicine doctor in Abu Dhabi has extensive experience in identifying the early signs of heart disease and giving the best medications and measures to prevent the disease from exacerbating.