The Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

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The Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

All too often a heart attack strikes out of the blue. These events are shocking, especially for younger adults. But when I talk with heart attack survivors after the fact, I find out that most had an inkling something was wrong, yet dismissed the signs and symptoms of heart disease.

As it turns out, there is no one definitive symptom that signifies heart disease. In fact, some people with advanced heart disease experience no specific symptoms at all. But there is a range of physical signs that, when added together, suggest the existence of heart disease.

Possible Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

  • Tightness or squeezing sensation in the chest, or any kind of chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Light-headedness, dizziness, faintness, or fainting

No matter what your age or family history, if you begin experiencing the above signs and symptoms of heart disease, you should be evaluated immediately for the condition. Find out about the array of test for heart disease I use when evaluating and treating my own patients.

More Dr. Sinatra Advice on Tests for Heart Disease

Undergoing heart-disease testing but unsure what your scores indicate? Get my Sinatra Smart Zone values for a wide array of heart-health tests to ensure optimal heart health.

Want to read detailed questions and answers about different tests for heart disease? Check out the Q&A section of my Heart Disease Tests Health Center.

DISCLAIMER: The content of is offered on an informational basis only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health provider before making any adjustment to a medication or treatment you are currently using, and/or starting any new medication or treatment. All recommendations are "generally informational" and not specifically applicable to any individual's medical problems, concerns and/or needs.

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