Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease is a difficult disease to detect in its early stages, as it usually produces no symptoms.

Often referred to as a silent killer, heart disease and cardiovascular disease do not produce overt symptoms while in its early stages, although heart disease is a disease that takes many years to develop.

There are however some symptoms that is indicative of the possibility of heart disease and cardiovascular disease, and these symptoms include:

  • Chest or arm discomfort during activity
  • Unexplained feeling of fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of dizziness or nausea
  • Abnormal heart beats (palpitations)

In most cases, individuals are alerted to their heart disease through a heart attack or a stroke.

Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort that lasts longer than a few minutes or comes and goes in succession
  • The spreading of pain from the chest to one or both arms, back, jaw, or stomach
  • The presence of cold sweats and the feeling of nausea

Some warning signs of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness, particularly on only one side, of the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden confusion particularly trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble in seeing either in one or both eyes
  • Sudden loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden feeling of dizziness
  • Sudden appearance of a severe headache with no known cause


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