5 Heart Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Know what to look for

doctor with hands shaped as heart

The leading cause of death in the United States, cardiovascular disease, is not something that should be taken lightly. Cleveland Clinic’s David S. Majdalany, 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

More information
Guide to Treatment for Heart Failure

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