Know the warning signs of heart disease and when to see a cardiologist.
While most people might assume that if something was wrong with their heart that they would know it, you may be surprised to discover that this isn’t necessarily true. Whether you have a family history of heart disease or you’ve been diagnosed with other health problems such as high cholesterol or blood pressure, there are many reasons why you may want to turn to our Orlando, FL, cardiologist, Dr. Pradip Baiju, to make sure that your heart stays healthy.
What are the signs and symptoms of heart disease?
Heart disease refers to a variety of conditions that affect how the heart functions. Diseases may include blood vessel disorders or coronary artery disease while other forms of heart disease may refer to arrhythmias (heart rhythm issues) and heart defects (e.g. leaky valves). Some forms of heart disease are congenital (meaning that the person is born with it) while others may develop over time.
Each type of heart disease has its own unique signs and symptoms; however, it’s important to visit our Orlando, FL, heart doctor right away if you or a family member is experiencing any of these general warning signs:
- Sudden irregular heartbeat
- A fast heart rate (over 100 beats/minute)
- Extreme fatigue
- Persistent dizziness or lightheadedness
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Trouble breathing with activity or rest
- Sleep changes
- Loss of appetite
Additionally, there are certain symptoms that require immediate medical attention that should not go ignored. If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 right away. Signs of a heart attack include,
- Intermittent chest pain and pressure
- Pain that radiates to the left side of the body, including the back and arms
- Easily exhausted
- Shortness of breath
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Cold sweats
- Rapid heartbeat
- Heart palpitations or flutters
- Throat or jaw pain
Concerned? Give us a call
Everyone can benefit from visiting the cardiologist for routine checkups and screenings. Call Heart and Vascular Care in Orlando, FL, today at (407) 730-8970 to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one.