Ask the Cardiologist: Are there any signs or symptoms of heart disease?

systolic blood pressureDr. Maciej Malinski is on the medical staff at Sherman Hospital. He has been kind enough to answer some frequently asked questions related to maintaining a healthy heart in his Ask the Cardiologist series. To see all posts Dr. Malinski has written, just type “Ask the Cardiologist” into the search bar on the right.

Q: Are there any signs or symptoms of heart disease?

A: So called natural signs of heart disease are symptoms that are results of a malfunction of the heart. Shortness of breath and swelling in the legs is a result of the heart not being able to perform the pumping function in full capacity. Also, a persistent cough or shortness of breath when lying down could be a symptom of heart disease.

Chest pain is a result of lack of oxygen that is not delivered in sufficient quantity due to narrowing arteries in the heart. Also irregularity of the heart beat or skipped beats could be a sign of heart disease.

You probably wanted to know if there are any physical features that could be an early sign of heart disease. There are some, but they are rare and generally associated with some congenital disorders in which abnormalities of cardiovascular system are part of the syndrome.

Do you have a question for Dr. Malinski? To submit your question, either post it in the comments section below or email luke@shermanhealth.com with the subject line “Question for Dr. Malinski.” To schedule the essential (and painless) $79 Healthy Heart CT Scan, click here.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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