While some symptoms of heart trouble are more severe than others, any disturbance in the supply of blood to the heart muscle impairs the heart to some degree.
Conditions that increase strain on the heart include:
- Lack of sleep
- Prolonged hard labor
- Anger/emotional excitement.
These factors directly contribute to how hard the heart pumps to supply oxygen to the rest of the body. Conditions such as atherosclerosis-- thickening of fatty deposits in the bloodstream-- inhibit blood flow, forcing the heart to pump harder to supply the necessary blood.
If you experience any of the early symptoms below, please call our office to schedule an appointment:
- Dizzy spell or fainting
- Discomfort following meals (especially if it happens often)
- Shortness of breath after slight exertion