In an earlier post we looked at the symptoms for Coronary Artery Disease and a Heart Attack. This time, we’ll look at the heart disease symptoms for two kinds of arrhythmias: Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Valve Disease, so you’ll know when to call for help.
Arrhythmias Symptoms may include:
Palpitations--a feeling of skipped heart beats, fluttering or "flip-flops," or feeling that your heart is "running away".
- Pounding in your chest.
- Dizziness or feeling light-headed.
- Shortness of breath.
- Chest discomfort.
- Weakness or fatigue.
Some patients with Atrial Fibrillation (an abnormal rhythm of the upper chambers) have no symptoms, or the episodes are brief.
Heart Valve Disease Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath and/or difficulty catching your breath.
- Weakness or dizziness.
- Discomfort in your chest--a pressure or weight with activity or when going out in cold air.
If valve disease causes heart failure, symptoms may include:
- Swelling of your ankles or feet. Swelling may also occur in your abdomen, which may cause you to feel bloated.
- Quick weight gain (a weight gain of two or three pounds in one day is possible).
Symptoms of heart valve disease do not always relate to the seriousness of your condition. You may have no symptoms at all and have severe valve disease, requiring prompt treatment. Or, as with mitral valve prolapse, you may have clinical symptoms, yet tests may show minor valve disease.
Palpitations, shortness of breath, weight gain with edema, passing out, and chest discomfort should be investigated to determine if further therapy is warranted.