HEART - SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS & TESTS
- Arrhythmia - An arrhythmia is a heart rhythm abnormality.
- Atherosclerosis - Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries.
- Cardiomyopathy - This condition causes the heart’s muscles to harden or grow weak.
- Congenital Heart Defects - Congenital heart defects are heart irregularities that are present at birth.
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) - CAD is caused by the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries. It’s also called ischemic heart disease.
- Heart Infections - Heart infections may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites.
- Chest pain, chest tightness, pressure on chestwall and chest discomfort (angina)
- Shortness of breath
- Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed
- Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back
- Smoking - Cigarette smoking is a powerful independent risk factor for sudden cardiac death in patients with coronary heart disease.
- High blood cholesterol - One of the major risk factors for heart disease is high blood cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is carried around the body by proteins.
- Hypertension - Occurs when your blood pressure increases to unhealthy levels. It is generally a silent condition. Many people won’t experience any symptoms in early stages.
- Diabetes - Occurs when the blood glucose is high in the blood.
- Overweight - Extra weight can lead to increased high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes, all major risk factors for heart disease.