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Cardiovascular Conditions Can Produce Many Symptoms and Warning Signs

Different cardiovascular conditions produce different symptoms. Chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, may cause complications on a daily or near-daily basis for several years, while acute conditions such as heart attacks and strokes often produce severe symptoms with no prior warning. Of course, symptoms can also vary among patients with the same condition. And, in the case of certain conditions, such as arthrosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) or arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), some patients may experience no symptoms at all.

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The most common cardiovascular conditions and their symptoms include:

  • Heart attack – Sudden pain or tingling in the chest, arms, back, or neck; lightheadedness; abnormal heartbeat; sudden and severe feelings of anxiety
  • Stroke – Trouble walking, speaking, or understanding; tingling on one side of the body; drooping of the eyes or mouth
  • Congestive heart failure – Shortness of breath (often worst at night or when lying down); dizziness; fatigue; rapid heartbeat
  • Arrhythmia – Fluttering in the chest; chest pain; dizziness; fainting
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease) – Breathlessness; swelling in the legs and feet; bloating or fluid in the abdomen; coughing; loss of appetite
  • Congenital heart disease – Excessive sweating; constant fatigue; rapid breathing; blue coloration of the skin; loss of appetite
  • Renal artery stenosis – High blood pressure; kidney damage
  • Blood clots – Swelling in a leg or arm (depending on the location of the clot); pain or tenderness in the leg or arm; skin that is warm to the touch

Individuals who are experiencing the symptoms of these cardiovascular conditions can turn to Tampa General Hospital for prompt diagnosis and treatment. Tampa General Hospital’s cardiac specialists have extensive experience with a wide range of cardiovascular issues and can provide individualized medical attention for chronic issues as well as acute cardiovascular traumas.