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Symptons Of Heart Problems
Sure...: That is a very nonspecific question. Newborns can have heart problems and every age thereafter. Certain issues such as coronary artery disease and heart attacks are less likely at 23 years of age then when older. There are a variety of "heart problems", if want a more specific answer then this I would suggest you ask again with more details or see your doctor if you are concerned about yourself ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None to many: Heart disease may exist silently for decades and still be lethal. Symptoms are for the lucky ones that then have an opportunity to sort them out before catastrophe. Common symptoms may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations, but need to know that women may have somewhat different symptoms. Risk factor assessment/management and judicious testing may help. ...Read more
Do symptoms associated with heart problems worsen at night (both when sitting up and laying down)?
It depends: Heart failure symptoms typically are worse lying down at night because blood which is held down in the legs during the daytime hours will flow out of the legs into the central part of the body, thereby putting a greater workload on the heart. However, usually the symptoms would lessen with sitting up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if my family (especially the males) has a history of heart problems. does this put me more at risk?
Yes: You're at risk. I suggest you develop or continue the healthiest lifestyle you can: no smoking, ideal body weight, daily exercise, Mediterranean Diet, good BP control. After you institute the above, get your cholesterol checked - if it's outrageous, consider prophylactic statin treatment. Start low dose aspirin 10 years younger than your youngest relative with heart disease. Get regular checkups. ...Read more
How do I know if I have heart problems. I'm only 16 so I don't know how i could but my heart hurts often?
So varied: Symptoms vary from person to person and also with the particular problem of the heart. There can be chest pain (often squeezing pressure) this can radiate to arms, back, neck. There can be shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations edema, and dizziness. You may be unable to lie flat b/c of sob or wake up at night sob. And many more symptoms. All of these can be associated w/other diseases, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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