When to see a doctor

When to Call the Doctor About Heart Disease

When caring for a person with heart disease, it is important to know which symptoms require a call to the doctor. If you notice any of the symptoms described below in the person you are caring for, call the doctor as soon as possible. In case of an emergency, keep the doctor's phone number nearby.

• A feeling of fullness (bloating) in the stomach with a loss of appetite or nausea.
• Extreme fatigue or decreased ability to complete daily activities.
• A respiratory infection or a cough that has become worse.
• Fast heart rate (above 100 beats per minute).
• New, irregular heartbeat.
• Chest pain or discomfort during activity that is relieved with rest.
• Difficulty breathing during regular activities or at rest.
• Changes in sleep patterns, including difficulty sleeping or feeling the need to sleep a lot more than usual.
• Decreased urination.
• Restlessness, confusion.
• Constant dizziness or lightheadedness.
• Nausea or poor appetite.

When Should My Loved One Go to the Emergency Department?

Call 911 if he/she has:
• New chest pain or discomfort that is severe, unexpected, and occurs with shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, or weakness.
• Fast heart rate (more than 150 beats per minute) -- especially if he/she is short of breath, too.
• Shortness of breath NOT relieved by rest.
• Sudden weakness or paralysis (inability to move) in the arms or legs.
• Sudden, severe headache.
• Fainting spell with loss of consciousness.

Call your doctor with any other concerns you may have about your loved one's condition.

Related Web Site: Heart Attack Warning Signs
Don't wait, click here for heart attack warning signs. For easy reference, you'll also find stroke and cardiac arrest warning signs -- and no-nonsense advice on what to do now. This link will take you to the American Heart Association.

Related Web Site: Women and Heart Disease Symptoms
Women are more likely than men to have a heart attack without chest pain. Read more data on gender-specific heart disease. This link takes you to another web site.

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Source: WebMD