Heart Disease

Heart disease often begins with no symptoms at all, although risk factors like high blood pressure can be detected easily with blood tests. Symptoms can also differ between men and women, which is why heart problems often go unnoticed in women. Chest pain, also called angina, is a classic symptom of coronary artery disease. Many people describe angina as a heavy weight bearing down on them, most commonly in the middle or left side of the chest. Angina can be precipitated by stress, either emotional or physical, and usually subsides once the stress goes away. Women may feel pain from angina in their neck, arm, or back. Other heart disease symptoms may seem less clearly connected to the heart. For instance, if blood vessels in your extremities—like your legs and arms—are blocked and preventing the passage of oxygen, you may feel pain, weakness, numbness, or coldness in these areas. Symptoms of a heart attack are well known, at least in men, and are similar to signs of angina, albeit longer lasting: The same pressure or tightness in the chest, pain in the shoulder or arm (or elsewhere in the upper body), sweating, nausea and vomiting, and difficulty catching your breath. People also describe a tight, choking feeling in the chest, which is often mistaken for heartburn. In women, heart attacks are also likely to be signaled by pain in the neck or jaw, although the pain can also be in the chest. Heart attacks in both men and women sometimes arrive with no warning whatsoever.

Risks and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

This silent, common syndrome is also highly preventable

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