The First Signs of Heart Disease

There are many different types of heart problems, but the symptoms and signals that accompany each are relatively similar. Unfortunately, by the time most people start recognizing the signs of heart disease, it’s already caused progressive damage. This means that it is really important to look out for the first signs of heart disease. The lack of diagnosis can severely increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Common Early Heart Disease Symptoms

Angina is the single most important of the first signs of heart disease. It manifests itself as chest pain, although this pain may be characterized as something more like discomfort, heaviness, or pressure. The similarities between the feelings of angina and much less troubling issues such as indigestion or heartburn often lead people to brush off angina pain as insignificant and fail to seek treatment until things become much worse. Some of the other significant first signs of heart disease are shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, sweating and irregular or faster heartbeats.

Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Heart Disease

If there is any history of familial hypercholesterolemia in your family, however, it’s even more important to keep a lookout for the first signs of heart disease. This inherited disorder, which involves an inability to recycle the body’s natural supply of cholesterol properly,  leads to aggressive and premature cardiovascular disease. If you inherit this disease from your parents, you must take steps to combat heart disease immediately, even if the early signs of heart disease have not manifested themselves. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people with FH are unaware that they have it. If your family history has a pattern of early heart attacks, you and your children should have cholesterol levels tested beginning at the age of two. The earlier interventions are made, the better the chance of avoiding complications is.

Steps for Combating Early Signs of Heart Disease

Whether you have FH or not, you can protect your heart by making a variety of diet and lifestyle changes. Avoiding smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet without many saturated and trans fats are important steps to take for healthy hearts. Many people with the signs of heart disease, including just about everyone who has FH, will also need to take some kind of medication. FH patients will need cholesterol-lowering medications, and some may even require a regular procedure to remove cholesterol from the blood.

The FH Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of FH through education, advocacy, and research. The majority of people with FH are unaware that they have it, and without this awareness they cannot take the necessary early steps to handle the first signs of heart disease. Undiagnosed and untreated FH leads to devastating cardiovascular conditions occurring at young ages. Our mission is particularly important because these people need to become aware of FH in order to get tested and save their lives through proactive treatments.

3 Responses to “The First Signs of Heart Disease”

  1. TAPAS ROY

    One Monday evening when i was having my dinner i felt some pain at right side of my chest. I couldn’t complete my dinner and went to the bed. After some time that pain was gone. But the next day when i was returning from my office in the evening , the pain returned in the same area of my chest ( right side) after i walked about 400 meters. i could not breath properly due to that pain. but after taking some rest that pain was gone away. I am 55 yrs old and my weight is 58 kg. blood pressure is normal 110-115 / 80-85, my H.DL AND LDL level is also normal. I don’t have any family history of heart disease. So what i have to do.

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  2. Millie Hue

    I appreciate that you’ve made this article that talks about the signs of a person with a heart disease. I never knew that there might be a problem with the heart already if a person is feeling something that is similar to heartburn and indigestion, so it’s important to be alert about it since most people just brush it off. With that in mind, I might have to visit a doctor immediately because I started having these discomfort when I reached the age of 30. My sister already told me to get myself checked, but I was stubborn because I just think that there’s nothing serious about it until I felt it more often than before. Thanks!

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  3. Dio Marsaille

    I got me when you said that angina is the first sign of heart problems, and it comes in the form of chest pains or heaviness in the chest. I have a feeling that my little brother has this; but isn’t it too early for him to develop a heart problem? He’s just four! It might be best to take him for an echocardiography. He just said it’s hard to breathe, and he’s always holding his chest. I want to know what is happening.

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