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Symptoms of Heart Disease

Heart disease is an umbrella term used to describe a range of diseases that affect the heart. The different types of diseases that fall under the term heart disease include diseases of the blood vessels, irregular heart rhythm problems; heart infections; and congenital heart defects.

Heart disease symptoms vary, depending on the type of heart disease that one has

Symptoms of cardiovascular disease:

  • Angina
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness and weakness

Symptoms of heart disease caused by heart arrhythmias are

  • A fluttering in the chest
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A slow heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness

Symptoms of heart disease caused by heart defects are

  • Cyanosis
  • Swelling in the legs, abdomen and areas around the eyes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Built-up fluid in the heart or lungs.

Heart disease symptoms caused by cardiomyopathy

  • Breathlessness
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet
  • Fatigue and Dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeats

Symptoms of heart disease caused by heart infections are

  • Fever
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Swelling in the legs or abdomen
  • Changes in the heart rhythm
  • Dry or persistent cough
  • Skin rashes

Symptoms of heart disease caused by valvular heart disease are

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart murmur
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Chest pain