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Heart Disease Symptoms

Heart disease symptoms vary widely from person to person and depend on numerous factors. The most important among these factors is the type of heart disease a patient has. The heart is a complex organ and many different diseases can affect its functioning. An obstruction to one of the blood vessels serving the heart, for example, may result in different warning signs than problems that manifest due to an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Another important factor that contributes to symptoms is the severity of the disease.

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Some of the most common forms of heart disease and their symptoms include:

  • Atherosclerotic disease (disease of the heart’s blood vessels)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen, and/or back
  • Chest pain
  • Arrhythmia
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart defects
  • Swelling in the abdomen, legs, or around the eyes
  • Pale blue or gray skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakened heart muscle
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness