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Warning Signs

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Each form of heart disease has its own specific symptoms but there are general warning signs that signal the possibility of heart disease.

  • Pains: Chest pain, a burning sensation, and discomfort centered under the breastbone are a major warning signs. These symptoms are not always pronounced in women and they often experience aches in the back, shoulders, arms and the jaw.
  • Shortness of breath: Trying to take deep breaths or having difficult time breathing is another warning sign and this can occur days or weeks before, and during a heart attack.
  • Angina Pectoris: It is the first symptom that the heart is not getting enough blood and it typically feels like intense or crushing chest pressure or shortness of breath.
  • Unusual fatigue/extreme weakness: Many feel severely weak days before or during an attack.
  • Rapid or irregular pulse: A rapid or irregular pulse accompanied by any of the above mentioned signs can be a strong indicator of a heart attack, arrhythmia, or heart failure.