Not everyone with heart disease experiences chest pain. Other symptoms can instead be the warning signals that alert the sufferer to heart disease. In fact, any symptom that has the appearance of provocation by exertion, thereafter being relieved by rest, can be related to the heart. Other symptoms beyond chest pain can be the clue to a problem with the heart; this is especially true in people with such underlying risk factors as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and tobacco use.
Nausea, Indigestion, Stomach Pain, or Heartburn
There are those who experience these symptoms while having a heart attack; vomiting is even possible. These symptoms are more likely to be reported by women than by men. Of course, upset stomachs have a variety of potential causes. But with these feelings and risk of heart problems, a doctor should be informed of the circumstances.
Dizziness or Lightheadedness
Perhaps standing up too fast is the culprit or a lack of sufficient food or beverage. But a sudden feeling of unsteadiness along with shortness of breath or chest discomfort means that a doctor should be notified at once. The cause could be the blood pressure having dropped due to the heart being unable to pump properly.
Jaw or Throat Pain
By itself, pain in the jaw or throat probably is not heart-related. More likely are colds, sinus problems, or muscular issues. But pain or pressure that begins in the center of the chest and thereafter spreads into the jaw or throat could be signifying a heart attack. Call 911 for immediate medical attention to ensure everything is fine.
When someone generally has no problem doing such things as stair climbing or carrying groceries into the house from the car and then suddenly feels winded or fatigued after performing these tasks, a doctor should be seen soon. Especially in women, unexplained weakness or extreme exhaustion can be symptomatic of heart disease.
When breaking out into a cold sweat occurs for no clear reason, this could be the signal of a heart attack. A sudden cold sweat with these other symptoms should lead to a 911 call. Those experiencing these symptoms should not drive to the hospital.