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CARDIOLOGY Q&A

1. What Are The Symptoms Of Heart Disease?

All chest pain should be taken seriously so if you are having an aching in your chest, you should definitely see your cardiologist. Here are some of the other symptoms of heart disease that you should be aware of:

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure and chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back

Make sure to consult your physician if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

2. Why Is My Heart Skipping?

A lot of patients see a cardiologist when their heart is skipping. People get nervous when they are laying down at night and their heart is fluttering. But this is actually a natural phenomenon of the heart. If your heart begins to skip a lot, your heart may be trying to tell you something. Consult your cardiologist for an evaluation to determine if this condition is a simple, non-dangerous skipping or a cause for concern.

3. How Is Heart Disease Related To Stroke?

Heart disease and stroke are related because the risk factors are pretty similar. High blood pressure, diabetes, poor cholesterol, tobacco use are all risk factors that increase your risk of heart disease. They also increase your risk of stroke.

4. What Is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial Fibrillation or AFib is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of heart failure, strokes and other heart related complications.  Some of the symptoms of AFib include:

  • Palpitations, which are sensations of a racing, uncomfortable, irregular heartbeat or a flip-flopping in your chest
  • Weakness
  • Reduced ability to exercise
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
5. Does Being Overweight Put Me At Risk For Heart Disease?

Typically, if someone is overweight, they might have other medical conditions such as having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or being diabetic. Being overweight doesn’t make someone more likely for heart disease necessarily. But it does feed into other risk factors.

6. Does Smoking Increase Risk of Heart Disease?

Smoking, along with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes, are the primary risk factor for heart disease. In fact, smoking is the single most preventable cause of early death in the U.S.