Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that by 2030, more than 23.6 million people globally will die each year from cardiovascular disease. With nearly 69% of adults in the U.S. overweight or obese, it’s unlikely we will see reprieve from this disease in the near future. However, there are signs and symptoms that you can watch for so you’ll know if you or someone you love may be suffering from heart disease.
There are several different types of heart problems – including coronary artery disease, heart attack and atrial fibrillation – with different treatments, but very similar symptoms.
Coronary Artery Disease
Angina, or chest pain, is the most common symptom of coronary artery disease. This symptom involves discomfort, pressure on the chest, burning and aching in the chest. Shortness of breath, palpitations, a quickened heartbeat and nausea or dizziness may also associated with coronary artery disease.
Although some people may have a heart attack with no symptoms, typically symptoms will last 30 minutes or longer during a heart attack. These symptoms include discomfort and heaviness in the chest, chest pain radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm. Other symptoms associated can be sweating, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeats.
Atrial fibrillation is found in an estimated 2.2 million Americans. For someone who has AF, electrical impulses do not travel in order through the atria; rather, they spread through the atria. Symptoms of AF include heart palpitations, fatigue, dizziness, chest discomfort and shortness of breath.
If you or a loved one experiences any of the symptoms above, it’s crucial that medical attention is sought immediately. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for convenient hours and online check-in that provide you a quick and easy experience. If you or someone you know may be having a heart attack, you should dial 911 immediately.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.