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    Different symptoms can indicate different types of heart disease. Watch for these signs that might seem innocuous, but could signal that your heart health is at risk.

    1. Extreme fatigue
    Could indicate: Coronary artery disease; congestive heart failure; valvular heart disease

    There are many conditions that can cause fatigue. Yet, persistent, unexplained tiredness could be a sign that your heart is not pumping well, or is encountering some other problem—like a blockage or a valve issue.

    2. Shortness of breath
    Could indicate: Atherosclerosis; coronary artery disease; congestive heart failure; valvular heart disease

    Sure, you get winded easily if you’re a little out of shape, but don’t write it off too quickly. If you find yourself gasping for air after a small amount of exertion, like walking out to the car or up the front steps, it could be heart-related.

    3. Change in exercise tolerance
    Could indicate: Coronary artery disease; congestive heart failure; valvular heart disease

    John Osborne, MD, the director of cardiology at LowT Center/HerKare and volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA), regularly sees patients who could mow the lawn easily a few months ago, but now struggle—and they end up having heart disease. If tasks that used to be painless are now difficult, consider seeing a doctor.

    4. Digestive concerns
    Could indicate: Coronary artery disease

    Lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain can be common signs of a heart attack—especially for women, who often have different symptoms than men. It can start with a vague sense of not feeling well in the digestive area or heartburn, but these, along with breaking into a cold sweat, can indicate coronary artery disease.

    5. Sleep apnea, snoring, or waking up during the night
    Could Indicate: Arrhythmia; coronary artery disease; congestive heart failure

    Heart disease could be behind your poor night’s sleep. Your blood flow and heart rate change when you go to sleep when everything is functioning normally. If there’s something wrong, it could be waking you up at 1 a.m. Heart failure can cause sleep apnea or make fluid build up in the lungs, and arrhythmia can make you feel like your heart is racing—both of which can interrupt your dreams.

    6. Swelling
    Could indicate: Congestive heart failure; valvular heart disease

    Especially in the legs, ankles, or feet, swelling can be a sign of heart failure. If you have puffed up so much that your finger leaves an indent when you touch your body, it might be time to check with a medical professional.

    7. Chest discomfort or angina
    Could indicate: Atherosclerosis; coronary artery disease; valvular heart disease

    Feelings of squeezing, tightness, pressure, or heaviness can be signals that something is wrong with your heart. People commonly describe cardiac distress as feeling like an elephant is sitting on their chest.

    8. Leg cramps
    Could indicate: Atherosclerosis

    Leg pain, or difficulty walking, can be a sign that your circulation is impaired. The main organ behind blood flow? Your heart.

    9. Heart rhythm and rate changes
    Could indicate: High or low blood pressure, congestive heart failure; valvular heart disease; arrhythmia

    When your heartbeat feels unusual—too fast or uneven—that is called palpitations. It’s a feeling similar to when you’ve had too much caffeine or feel panicked. But if you’re just sitting and reading a book, and your heart starts to race, it could mean you’re at risk for heart disease.

    10. Shoulder, arm, neck, back, abdomen, or jaw pain
    Could indicate: Atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease

    When your heart is struggling, it can make other parts of your body call out in pain. Arm pain is a classic heart attack symptom, but it can also occur in the shoulders, back, stomach, or jaw.

    11. Dizziness or lightheadedness
    Could indicate: Arrhythmia; high or low blood pressure; congestive heart failure; valvular heart disease

    Feeling faint usually means there’s not enough blood flow to the brain. While there are lots of causes, abnormal heart function could be one of them—especially when you feel dizzy upon standing up.

    12. Persistent cough
    Could indicate: Coronary artery disease; congestive heart failure

    Heart failure can make fluid build up in your lungs, which can trigger coughing or wheezing.

    13. Weakness in extremities
    Could indicate: Atherosclerosis

    Weakness in the legs goes hand-in-hand with change in exercise tolerance and shortness of breath. It could be a type of fatigue associated with heart trouble.

    If you experience any of the above symptoms of heart disease—either acutely or worsening over time—first stop what you’re doing and wait for it to resolve. Then, call your primary care physician and make an appointment to get it checked out. If it doesn’t resolve and you begin to experience other urgent symptoms, like more intense pain or difficulty walking, go to the emergency room.

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