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11 Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms

Woman has Chest Pain at Park9. Chest pain if heart failure is caused by heart attack

Heart problems may cause pain felt around the chest area. It includes anywhere between the upper abdomen and the throat, including the arms or the shoulders. It can be an uncomfortable sensation, pressure, gas or a burning or aching feeling. Chest pain should always be treated as a serious event. It is a possible indication of angina (a feeling of pressure or squeezing in the chest that is a warning sign from the heart) or an impending heart attack. Upon feeling chest pain, immediately sit or lie down to rest. Chest pains are usually caused by an insufficient amount of blood flowing through the heart. If the pain lasts for more than 15 minutes or is not relieved by any medicine, immediately seek medical help.

10. Fainting or severe weakness

Like most of the symptoms already stated, the fainting or dizziness may due to the reduction of oxygen to the brain. The reduced amount of oxygen is caused by the hearts inability to properly pump blood that contains certain fluids and oxygen to circulate the body. An abnormal heart rate, either too fast or too slow, or when the heart cannot pump blood properly because a blood vessel is blocked counts as instances when the heart is unable to function properly. Reduced blood flow to the brain can also be caused by a heart attack. Unexpected loss of consciousness means that the blood supply to the brain is dangerously low. Fainting is a potentially grave condition and medical attention should immediately be called for.

11. Palpitation

Palpitations may be defined as rapid or irregular heartbeat that may be associated with shortness of breath, chest pain or fainting. It may feel like your heart is racing or throbbing with the heartbeats at a irregular and varying length. Palpitations may be caused by the heart speeding up to compensate for its inability to pump blood supply normally. It can begin with a sudden, rapid irregular heart rate of the upper left atrium of the heart leading to irregular beating of the ventricles. This abrupt increase in heart rate may cause severe dizziness or shortness of breath. If the palpitations have aggravated, immediate medical attention is needed.

If any, or all, of the last four symptoms is being experienced, instantly pursue medical care.