Symptoms of Heart Disease

Chest pain could be simple indigestion or a heart attack. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack, and knowing how to respond, could save a life. Learn more about the symptoms of heart disease ›

Chest Pain and Heart Attacks

Chest pain is often a frightening symptom and most people would become alarmed if they experienced it, thinking it was a heart attack. Fortunately, there are many less serious causes of chest pain. So how can you tell if your chest pain is serious and worthy of calling 911?

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When is Stomach Pain A Sign of Heart Disease?

When a heart attack occurs in the movies or on TV, the victim often collapses with severe, crushing chest pain. In the real world however, heart attacks are not always that dramatic. Instead, your heart attack can produce vague stomach pain, indigestion, or heartburn-like symptoms. So how can you tell if your stomach symptoms are the result of a heart attack or gastrointestinal problem?

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What Do You Know About Preventing Heart Disease?

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Valve Disease?

Heart valves are flaps of tissue that open and close to keep blood flowing in one direction through the four chambers of your heart. When the heart valves become narrowed, diseased or inflexible, your heart is unable to pump blood efficiently. In severe cases, the valves need to be replaced or repaired.

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What Does an Abnormal Heart Beat of Arrhythmia Feel Like?

Your heart’s electrical system fires off messages that tell your heart muscle when to contract and relax. It is what keeps a healthy heart beating at a regular pace. When that system is faulty, it’s called a cardiac arrhythmia. The heart rate can become too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), or erratic (fibrillation).

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What Happens in Congestive Heart Failure?

Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart’s ability to pump blood becomes inadequate. There are many reasons why this can happen. There can be damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack, valve disease, a heart defect, heart rhythm problems, as well as effects from other underlying health conditions.

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How Adult Heart Disease Begins in Childhood

You may think that heart disease develops in middle age because that’s generally when it takes its toll. But it turns out that risk factors for heart disease may fester for years, under the radar, beginning in childhood. There are many ways you can protect your child’s heart while they are still young.

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When the heart muscle's blood supply is cut off, heart muscle cells fail to get enough oxygen and begin to die. What is this called?