Types Of Heart Conditions And How To Spot Them

There are many different types of heart conditions that can develop through your life, especially as you get older and in this article we look at the various types of conditions and the symptoms that could be a telltale sign that there’s something wrong with your heart.

Types Of Heart Conditions

Some of the main types of heart conditions that people suffer from include:

• Angina – pain in the chest caused by heart problems
• Heart failure – when the heart doesn’t pump blood around the body as well as it is supposed to (often caused by heart muscle damage)
• Heart valve disease – a disease affecting the valves in the heart that can cause blood flow problems
• Atrial Fibrillation (AF) – an irregular heartbeat or pulse
• Cardiac arrest – when the heart stops pumping blood around the body
• Coronary heart disease – when the arteries become more narrow due to a build up of a fatty substance (often caused by high cholesterol)
• Cardiovascular disease – a disease affecting the heart and cardiovascular system (arteries and veins)
• Congenital heart disease – a heart disease that you are born with due to incorrect heart development in the womb

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How To Spot A Heart Condition

The symptoms that warn you that there is a problem with your heart will differ depending on the heart condition that you are suffering from.

Sometimes, you may not notice that there is a problem with your heart until something happens, such as a heart attack. But it is worth knowing the signs of heart problems to prevent this from occurring.

One of the most common symptoms of a heart problem is chest pain, which is known as angina. This can be a sign that there is a blockage in the heart or that there is some other form of problem with your heart not working properly. Another common symptom of a heart problem is an increase or decrease in blood pressure, which can be a sign that your heart is working much harder than it needs to, or not enough.

You might notice that you are feeling short of breath, even with mild or very little exertion, such as walking for a short amount of time. Palpitations are another sign of heart conditions, and this is best described as when you become aware of your heartbeat because it skips a beat or beats harder. Other signs and symptoms to look out for include fatigue and feeling very tired for no reason, feeling dizzy or faint and passing out.

Signs Of A Heart Attack

When a heart attack occurs, there are particular symptoms to look out for and if you experience any you should call an ambulance immediately. These include feeling faint or dizzy, pain in the chest and pain spreading to the arms, back, stomach or jaw. You may also feel sick or vomit. Even if you are uncertain of the symptoms, call 999 straight away as a heart attack can kill in as little as two minutes so it’s not worth waiting to check the signs.

About the Author:

Gemma Mitchell is a health writer who writes about health related issues, problems and tips. For more information about keeping your heart healthy please visit this great heart information resource I found.

gemma mitchell

I'm a freelance health writer who writes about health related issues, problems and tips.

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