Cardiac Symptoms

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms of heart trouble?

Heart Symptoms You Should Not Ignore:

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, seek medical attention, especially if you are 60 or older, are overweight, or have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

• Chest Discomfort

Pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest may be a sign of a blocked artery or heart attack. If the symptoms are more severe and last more than a few minutes, call 911. Do not drive to the hospital.

• Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain

These are common signs of a heart attack for women. If you’re at risk for heart problems and experience this discomfort, especially if you have other symptoms on this list, see a doctor.

• Arm Pain

This classic heart attack symptom radiates down the left side of the body.

• Dizziness/Lightheadedness

If you suddenly feel unsteady and you also have chest discomfort or shortness of breath, call a doctor right away.

• Throat or Jaw Pain

If you have pain or pressure in the center of your chest that spreads up into your throat or jaw, it could be a sign of a heart attack. Seek medical attention.

• Exhaustion

Unexplained weakness can be a symptom of a heart attack, especially for women. If you suddenly feel fatigued or winded after normal activity, make an appointment with your doctor.

• Snoring

Unusually loud snoring that sounds like gasping or choking can be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that puts extra stress on your heart. Your doctor can refer you to a sleep study to see if you have this condition.

• Sweating

Breaking out in a sweat for no reason could be a sign of a heart attack. If this happens along with any of these other symptoms, call 911 to get to a hospital right away.  

• Swollen Legs, Feet, and Ankles

Poor circulation or a weakened ability to pump fast enough can cause blood to back up in the veins. Heart failure can also limit the kidneys' ability to remove extra water and sodium, which can lead to bloating.

• Irregular Heart Beat

A racing heart is normal if you are excited or nervous, but if you feel the sensation of thunder or "eagles flapping" in your chest, you may have a condition called atrial fibrillation. Consult your doctor about your symptoms.