Cardiologist, Robert Braff, Outlines Several Common Symptoms of Heart Disease
Online PR News – 09-September-2010 – – "There are many possible conditions that fall under the umbrella of heart disease", says cardiologist Robert Braff. Here are some key symptoms to be aware of:
Chest Pain or Chest Discomfort
Although many other conditions can cause chest pain, cardiac disease is very common, as well as dangerous - therefore the symptom of chest pain should never be dismissed out of hand as being insignificant.
Palpitations, an unusual awareness of the heartbeat, is an extremely common symptom. Most people who complain of palpitations describe them either as "skips" in the heartbeat or as periods of rapid or irregular heartbeats.
Episodes of lightheadedness or dizziness can have many causes, including anemia and other blood disorders, dehydration, viral illnesses, prolonged bed rest, diabetes, thyroid disease, gastrointestinal disturbances, liver disease, kidney disease, vascular disease, neurological disorders, dysautonomias, vasovagal episodes, heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is most often a symptom of cardiac or pulmonary (lung) disorders. Heart failure and coronary artery disease frequently produce shortness of breath. Patients with heart failure commonly experience shortness of breath with exertion, or when lying flat on their backs.
About Robert Braff:
Robert Braff practices cardiology and internal medicine in New York, New York. Robert Braff graduated with an MD 37 years ago. Robert Braff is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.