Recognize the Warning Signs of Heart Disease

In many cases, chest pain (angina pectoris) may occur when the heart is not receiving enough oxygen.  Angina may be worse during exercise or stress, when there is increased oxygen demand on the heart.  Always see your doctor if you experience recurrent chest pain.

Your physician can check your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and heart function, and advise you about how to reduce your risk of a heart attack.

Unfortunately, for many people, the first "sign" of coronary artery disease is a heart attack.

Know the common signs that may signal a heart attack:

  • Pain that spreads from the shoulders, neck and arms
  • Pressure
  • Uncomfortable "fullness" in the chest
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion