5 Heart Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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The leading cause of death in the United States, cardiovascular disease, is not something that should be taken lightly. Cleveland Clinic’s Richard Krasuski, MD, highlights five symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.


5 Heart Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
  • Chest Pain

    Pain or pressure in the chest—especially with exertion—could be a sign of coronary disease or even a heart attack.

    Types of Angina
  • Leg Pains

    Pains that start in your legs with walking or other exertion could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which often goes hand-in-hand with coronary artery disease.

    Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Overview
  • Getting Winded Easily

    If you suddenly get winded during normal activity, it could be a sign of heart failure, significant coronary disease or valve disease.

    What is heart failure?
  • Syncope

    Passing out or getting lightheaded could be a sign of rhythm disturbances, low blood pressure, a narrowing heart valve, or other cardiovascular problems.

    Management of Arrhythmias (Abnormal Heart Beats)
  • Heart Palpitations

    If your heart starts racing for no reason, get checked out. It could be a sign of an abnormal heart beat, which can be a symptom of heart disease or an arrhythmia.

    Arrhythmia: Heart Palpitations

  • Kelly Luke

    I always ate butter. Makes sense, it’s real. Tastes better. I like salt. Red meat doesn’t always agree with me, same with too much dairy. Sad, I love ice cream. I didn’t always listen to the latest scientific findings. I use MY common sense. Which is not always reliable. So I investigate when I need to.

  • Alba Leclerc

    In other words… eat Italian, not Itamerican.

  • SloopJB

    This fixation on cholesterol is quite antiquated, get with the program Cleveland!
    Cutting carbs sorts it all out, fat (incl saturated fat) is good. Do it radically and you lose lots of weight too, then ease off once you’ve reached your desired weight.