Never Ignore These 11 Heart Symptoms

June 17, 2022

If something went wrong with your heart, would you know it? Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on.

"If you're not sure, get it checked out," says Charles Chambers, MD, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute. That’s especially true if you are 60 or older, are overweight, or have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, says Vincent Bufalino, MD, an American Heart Association spokesman. "The more risk factors you have," he says, "the more you should be concerned about anything that might be heart-related."

Especially watch out for these problems:

1. Chest Discomfort

2. Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain

3. Pain that Spreads to the Arm

4. You Feel Dizzy or Lightheaded

5. Throat or Jaw Pain

6. You Get Exhausted Easily

7. Snoring

8. Sweating

9. A Cough That Won’t Quit

10. Your Legs, Feet, and Ankles Are Swollen

11. Irregular Heart Beat

If you experience any of these symptoms call 911 to get to a hospital right away. Don’t try to drive yourself.