5 Types of Heart Disease Symptoms, Risk Factors & Causes
The Center for Disease Control reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Learning more about different types of cardiac problems can help you reduce your risk of experiencing serious, potentially fatal, complications that can happen as a result of untreated heart disease.
The Different Types of Heart Disease
Heart disease is a general term that is applied to any medical complication or problem that prevents the heart from properly functioning. Some of the examples of medical problems and complications that are often classified under this category include:
- Valvular heart disease – problems with the functioning of the valves of the heart
- Cardiomyopathy – problems with how the heart squeezes
- Coronary artery disease – a problem that affects the heart’s arteries
- Infections that cause problems to the structure of the heart
- Rhythm disturbances that affect the electrical connection to the heart
A person could suffer from just one of these problems or suffer from multiple problems.
Who is at Risk of Developing Heart Disease?
Anyone could develop heart problems. However, some people are at a higher risk of developing cardiac problems than others.
The following are some factors that increase a person’s risk of developing this type of disease:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart attacks, strokes, and other heart problems
What Signs and Symptoms May Indicate You Suffer from Heart Disease?
Heart disease is often known as the ‘silent killer’ because people could suffer from it and not exhibit any signs or symptoms. This makes it difficult to diagnosis as many people believe they are healthy when in reality they could be at risk of experiencing cardiac problems.
Some cardiac problems, such as heart attacks and strokes, do produce noticeable symptoms. The following are some examples of signs and symptoms that are often associated with heart disease:
- Indigestion or intense nausea
- Tightness in the chest that tends to be aggravated or get worse with activity and goes away with rest
- Shortness of breath
- Profuse sweating
- Pain that radiates from the chest and moves outwards towards the arm
- Experiencing unexplained back pain, shoulder pain, or pain in the upper abdominal area
- Overwhelming fatigue
- Unexplained weakness
If you experience any of these symptoms, call Tri-City Cardiology to schedule an appointment. Our experienced doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Our team of doctors may order additional testing to help you get a proper diagnosis. Some of the medical testings that may be ordered include echocardiography, EKG, ECG, stress test, CT, MRI, nuclear imaging, or cardiac catheterization. Once you have been properly diagnosed, our team of doctors can create a personalized treatment plan.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment.