What are the signs of heart problems?

Heart symptoms are most commonly associated with cardiovascular disorders. Pain is one type of heart symptom. The medical term for heart or “chest” pain is angina. Other heart symptoms result from heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias), which include rapid, slow, or irregular heart rate. They can occur as an isolated problem or in combination with other heart conditions.

Heart symptoms may occur in other parts of the body as well as in the heart. For example, buildup of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) and high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) are symptoms caused by congestive heart failure. Similarly, high blood pressure in the kidneys (renal hypertension) may be a symptom of weakened or abnormal heart muscle and function (cardiomyopathy), among other disorders.

Heart symptoms can be a sign of a serious condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience heart symptoms along with shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, loss of consciousness, or severe trauma to the chest. Seek prompt medical care if your heart symptoms are persistent or cause you concern.


What other symptoms might occur with heart symptoms?

Heart symptoms may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the heart may also involve other body systems.

Cardiovascular symptoms that may occur along with heart symptoms

Heart symptoms may accompany other symptoms affecting the cardiovascular system including:

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What causes heart symptoms?

Heart symptoms can be caused by coronary heart disease, weakened or abnormal heart muscle and function (cardiomyopathy), or heart defects present at birth (congenital). Infectious disease may cause inflammation within or around the structures of the heart, such as endocarditis, myocarditis or pericarditis.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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