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Heart Disease Symptoms: What Should You Report?

Heart Disease Symptoms and Signs to Report to Your Health Care Provider

Many people may have questions about which signs and symptoms to report to their health care providers.

Heart Attack or Surgery

  • Chest pressure or chest pain unrelieved by one nitroglycerin (call 911 to be taken to the emergency room)
  • Change in blood pressure
  • Change in sexual ability
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Inability to perform daily activities as expected
  • Inability to take the medicine
  • Side effects associated with the prescribed medication
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Wound that is not healing has drainage that is unexpected, tenderness at the site, redness/swelling at the site 

Heart Failure

  • Change in blood pressure
  • Confusion, impaired thinking
  • Lack of appetite
  • Heart rate: Slow (below 50) or Increased (above 110)
  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Weight gain greater than 2 lbs in a day or 5 lbs in a week 

High Blood Pressure

  • Change in the blood pressure
  • Confusion, impaired thinking
  • Inability to take the prescribed medication 

Pacemaker or Implanted Defibrillator

  • Inability to transmit or download from your device
  • Beeping tone heard from the device
  • Pulse rate has changed 
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Redness or swelling at the insertion site
  • When the implanted defibrillator has delivered a shock 

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Request an appointment online. Or, for more information about heart disease symptoms, please call 888-716-WAKE.


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Last Updated: 12-21-2015
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