The term heart disease will cover a number of conditions that affect your heart. It could be coronary heart disease the narrow or block the blood vessels or conditions that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or causes arrhythmia.

What are the symptoms of heart disease:

The symptoms can vary depending on what type of illness you have and can include:

  • chest pain
  • pain, weakness or numb legs and/or arms
  • breathlessness
  • very fast or slow heartbeat, or palpitations
  • feeling dizzy, lightheaded or faint
  • fatigue
  • swollen limbs.

What are the risk factors that increase your chances of getting heart disease?

There are many different risk factors and the list includes:

  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • stress
  • alcohol
  • obesity
  • diabetes

The above list is not exhaustive.

The diagnosis of your condition depends on your symptoms and the condition that your GP thinks you might have.

Tests could include:

  • blood tests
  • ECG
  • Chest x-ray
  • MRI or CT scan
  • Echocardiogram

Either your GP or your heart specialist will confirm which diagnostic tests you need to have.

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