5 Important symptoms of heart disease
- Chest pain: Chest pain is one of the most important and well known symptoms of heart disease. It is the most common symptom of a heart attack and usually occurs in the centre of the chest.
- Breathlessness: Breathlessness is another important symptom of heart diseases. It occurs when the pumping function of the heart is reduced or one of the valves of the heart is obstructed.
- Palpitation: Palpitation is undue awareness of one’s own heart beats, which usually we are unaware of. It could be fast, slow or irregular.
- Dizziness or blackouts: These can also be symptoms of heart disease when the blood flow to brain is reduced by either a reduced function of the heart or obstruction of heart valves.
- Blue colour of skin and lips: This is mostly a symptom of heart disease in babies and young children. Colour change occurs due to mixing of blood containing less of oxygen as a result of birth defects within the heart or major blood vessels.
Please note that there are many more associated symptoms of heart disease and sometimes heart disease can occur without any symptoms. Only a medical examination can tell exactly. Many of the above symptoms can also occur in diseases of other organs as well. Sometimes palpitations can be due to just anxiety. Read more…