No single symptom indicates a heart disorder, but certain symptoms suggest a strong possibility. However, sometimes a heart disorder, even when serious, produces no symptoms (asymptomatic) until it reaches a late stage. Main symptoms of heart disease classified by part of the heart affected follow.
Symptoms caused by blood vessel irregularities
Symptoms caused by cardiomyopathy
Symptoms caused by heart arrhythmias
Symptoms caused by heart defects
Symptoms caused by heart infections
Symptoms caused by valve heart disease
When to seek help
Heart disease is easier to treat when it's detected early. Speak with your doctor about any concerns you have about your heart health. If you don't have heart disease, but are concerned about developing heart disease, talk to your doctor about steps you can take along with potential lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your heart disease risk. This is especially true if you heart disease runs in your family history. If you think you may have heart disease based on signs or symptoms you've been having, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. See your doctor when:
Routine health checkups or a visit to the doctor for another reason is usually when a heart disorder that has caused no symptoms is discovered. Sometimes doctors perform procedures to screen for a heart disorder even when there is no evidence of it but enough evidence or symptoms are present to cause your doctor to become suspicious of it. Continue reading the next section on Heart Disease Diagnosis that follows to learn more about how doctors diagnose mens and womens heart disease and what medical tests to expect.