CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT THE STRUCTURES OR FUNCTION OF YOUR HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE SYMPTOMS
There are conditions that affect the structures or function of your heart which include:
- Angina- the type of chest pain that occurs due to decreased blood flow into the heart.
- Arrhythmia- or an irregular heartbeat or heart rhythm
- Congenital heart diseases – in which problem with heart function or structure is present from birth
- Coronary artery diseases- which affect the arteries that feed the heart muscles
- A heart attack- is a sudden blockage of the heart’s blood flow and oxygen supply
- Heart failure– where the heart cannot contract or relax normally
- Dilated cardiomyopathy- is a type of heart failure, in which the heart gets larger and cannot pump blood efficiency
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy- in which the heart muscle walls thicken and problems relaxation of the muscle, blood flow, and electrical instability develop
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE SYMPTOMS
Cardiovascular disease symptoms may be different for men and women. For instance, men are more likely to have chest pain. Women are more likely to have other symptoms along with chest discomforts, such as shortness of breath, nausea, and extreme fatigue.
Cardiovascular disease symptoms can range from irregular heart rhythm, as a result of a congenital defect, cardiomyopathy, and valvular heart disease amongst others.
General Symptoms depending can include:
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Pain or discomfort in the arms, left shoulder, elbow, jaw, or back
- shortness of breath
- nausea and fatigue
- light headiness or dizziness
- cold sweat
Seek emergency medical care if you have these heart disease symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Always call 911 or emergency medical help if you think you might be having a heart attack.
It’s important to watch out for heart symptoms and discuss concerns with your health care provider. Heart (cardiovascular) disease can sometimes be found early with regular health checkups. Together, you and your provider can discuss ways to reduce your heart disease risk. This is especially important if you have a family history of heart disease.