Heart trouble doesn’t always mean chest pain. Cardiac trouble can come in a wide range of symptoms, according to cardiologists at Baylor College of Medicine.
“We have to listen to what our body is saying and know our family history of heart disease,” Dr. Hamid Afshar, assistant professor of medicine at BCM.
Possible symptoms include discomfort or pain in the chest, shoulders, arm or even jaw, Afshar said. Symptoms can also include palpitations, lightheadedness or fatigue because of lack of oxygen being pumped throughout the body.
Sometimes these symptoms can be caused by something unrelated to the heart, like a pulled muscle, but if one has cardiac risk factors and experiences any of the symptoms, it’s a sign to see a doctor.
Cardiac risk factors include family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, high triglyceride levels and smoking. Treating and recognizing symptoms early is important and can help prevent a major cardiac event.