Heart Symptoms

6 Silent Heart Symptoms You Should Know
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You may know the well-publicized signs of heart attack. But are other forms of heart disease creeping up on you or a loved one?

"When we think about heart disease, most people jump right to heart attack -- waking up clutching the chest with chest pains. But that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to heart disease," says cardiologist Lawrence Phillips, MD, assistant professor in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.

It's a myth that all symptoms of heart disease are obvious. The following stealthy symptoms might seem many inches away from your heart. But they typically warrant a doctor visit -- and perhaps a heart check.

What New Aches, Pains, and Complaints Might Mean

Maybe you've said it yourself, "I used to be able to [climb stairs, mow the lawn, fill in the blank] but now I have to stop because I get [light-headed, short of breath, palpitations, achy, fill in the blank]."

Heart doctors hear this complaint all the time, usually with good reason. A change in function from what's normal for you is one of the key symptoms of heart trouble. It makes sense: Your heart is your body's engine, pumping blood throughout to fuel all your movements. If you notice a different reaction to an everyday activity, consider it like a warning light on your car dashboard, but in this case a sign of something potentially amiss with your heart's valves or electrical system.

Next steps: Don't dismiss a change in your response to physical exertion by saying, "Oh, I'm getting old" or "I must be out of shape." Find out for sure if there's a treatable answer. If you see a pattern -- you find yourself complaining about exertion more than once -- get a physical exam. "There has to be a reason for the change," says Dr. Phillips.


about 1 year ago, said...

I found this to be very helpfull.. thank you for your information.. will see my cardiologist thursday...


about 1 year ago, said...

I was diagnosed with ahrithmia but they dint say anything other than take pronanolo twoctimes a day . Buy'im still not feeling well


over 1 year ago, said...

I have had some of these problems. There is NO sexual desire ,that drives my husband crazy. We are trying to deal with it,and wondering if BP pills could have something to do with it, although I had very low sex drive before BP entered in.


over 1 year ago, said...

All excellent comments, and worthwhile following through


almost 2 years ago, said...

I didn't know all of these signs. It made me want to get a check up for sure. Thanks


about 2 years ago, said...

It was interesting since I have a bad Aortric valve being monitored by my Physician for years.


over 2 years ago, said...

Very good info...written in a conversational style that is easily understood!


over 2 years ago, said...

One problem is getting the doctor to listen to your concern and not to dismiss it. I had a sudden swelling of ankles 4 months before my heart attack and went to the emergency room because it was sudden and unusual. I was dismissed and there was no concern on the doctors' part. Another major incident I had was over 20 years ago - I was having severe headaches and was told by my doctor that it was "female" problems and I needed to exercise more to release my endorphins. 9 brain operations later................... Listen and above all, trust your feelings. Keep pushing until someone listens.....


almost 3 years ago, said...

Currently I been feeling a type of fibralation or arritmia, although i told my doctor and they did an electrocardiogram and it came out well; I still continue to feel this and its an uncomfortable and scary type of feeling. Should I seek a second advise. They tell me is also do to anxiety?


almost 3 years ago, said...

Edema can also be a side effect of medication. It happened to me but doctors ran me through a gauntlet of testing before they believed me...it was mention way down in the insignificant observations in the PDR. Evidence was: the edema went away once I stopped the medication!


almost 3 years ago, said...

This past few weeks I keep thinking it my acid reflex all I do is have nasty deep burps and chest feels like pressure and burns is this what I need to be concerned in kinda spooky it's like non stop


almost 3 years ago, said...

I am getting older, and I want to stay healthy, by reading this has help me , I am 64, I used to feel 164 yrs. old, now that I am walking, I do not feel that old now, I feel I have got a new start in my time of my life. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP


almost 3 years ago, said...

Yes, am facing the same problem your article talk about. I think is about time i consult my doctor. Thanks a lot.


almost 3 years ago, said...

Yes it was, in fact i now know a lot about my self and how i should be studying my body


almost 3 years ago, said...

Very informative article about the Silent Killer. Thanks Paula for sharing this informations. Keep inform Best Phil PS: I am re-sharing this info. in my page. with due credit. thanks.


about 3 years ago, said...

Why is my bp high when I get up before am meds? Diastolic 100 and pulse in the 80s. I have implant that keeps my pulse at around 70. Should I be concerned because by mid pm the diastolic may fall to the 60,s.


about 3 years ago, said...

Thank you for this info. I have a couple of those symptoms so I will have some things checked out next month.


about 3 years ago, said...

I had bouts of rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat and was fully checked out by a cardiologist. He could not find anything wrong with my heart so he referred me back to my primary care doctor who couldn't find anything wrong either. This article fails to mention the medical establishment has very limited diagnostic and corrective capabilities and that's why even famous people with alot of money don't live any longer than regular people.


about 3 years ago, said...

I get swelling in my ankles, not hands and legs. I've had this for many many yrs. I take 25 mg Hydrochlorothiazide daily but doesn't seem to help. One Dr said I have Dependent veins. I googled it and found nothing. I was tested for heart disease but everything came back fine. Anybody else have this problem?


about 3 years ago, said...

Thank you for this information. I need to get a check-up!


about 3 years ago, said...

I have had 3 heart attacks. I have had Type ! Diabetes for 41 years. The first, while mowing-I collapsed on my back. The second, I don't really remember at all. My family does and I was hospitalized. The third was just a pain between my shoulders in the back for a day and a half. I fell backwards onto the couch-unconscious. Hospitalized, stents, a Pacemaker/ICD implanted and I know have an EF of <30. My life has been forever changed. I can not breath well, do any of the activities I so loved to do, must avoid stress, eat properly, no drinking, drugging, smoking (gave up so long ago). I take lots of meds. Had I only known that females typically do not exhibit the same symptoms as men and that symptoms of a heart attack are not always classic. Not for a moment did I ever think a pain between my shoulders was anything more than a strained muscle-despite it getting worse the next day. It was the only symptom I had.


over 3 years ago, said...

I have some of the symptoms that you describe - ,many of them becoming more noticable in recent months. Thank you..


over 3 years ago, said...

Your website is useful for caregivers and for articles on health. BUT your articles span several pages with unnecessary pictures on each. As a caregiver time is precious so I don't come here often because of that. PLEASE put the articles on 1 or 2 pages and get rid of the pictures. That would really help!


over 3 years ago, said...

My husband had heart surgery two years ago. a two way by-pass. it was a successful surgery and recovery. Last week, he was recovering from a case of shingles. he took the meds the doctor gave him from the first day of the outbreak. After completing the meds, he still has pain around his heart and he doesn't feel that well. Do shingles compromise the immune sysytem?


over 3 years ago, said...

I'm 85. openheart surgery in 2006. Have duabetes, no erection without vacuum pump, weakness when bending, tired in the morning, toes numb for years, 5'11" 200 lbs. . Would bike riding help?


over 3 years ago, said...

yes-helpful article any info? about carotid artery blockage?that has been present for 10 yrs or more-is it true that new venous pathways form to compensate for this?this is a man over 80 yrs old.