Should I see a doctor about heart disease?

Know the symptoms of a heart attack and seek help immediately if you have any of the following:

  • pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the chest, or a crushing, heavy, stabbing, or burning feeling
  • pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, back, or arms
  • chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath

There are also less common symptoms of a heart attack. These include the following:

  • anxiety that begins for no reason, weakness, or fatigue
  • nausea, dizziness, or difficulty breathing that may occur without chest pain
  • chest pain other than types described above
  • stomach or abdominal pain
  • palpitations, cold sweat, or paleness

Never ignore any symptom of a heart attack. Responding quickly and getting help can make all the difference in your chances of surviving an attack and recovering successfully.

Working with your team of healthcare professionals is one of the most important things you can do to control your CHD. Your doctor can work with you to prescribe a treatment plan that includes any necessary lifestyle changes. One such lifestyle change is eating less fat in your diet. Another is increasing your physical activity. Your doctor and other members of your healthcare team can help you make these changes safely. Your doctor may also prescribe medicines and advise you about the possible need for surgery. All of these things work together to provide a treatment plan that can reduce the risk of your condition becoming disabling. That plan can also greatly reduce your risk of heart attack.

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