Five Heart Signs

What is your heart telling you? 
Five ways your heart is talking to you or your loved ones. 

Our dedication to learning and innovation is meant to improve your health care and your overall health. It is our sustaining pledge to the Palouse community. As part of this commitment, we have identified five warning signs from your heart that you should never ignore. These are symptoms that arise either singularly or in multiples for disease states like arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, or heart failure, typical diagnoses for cardiology patients.

If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you can take charge of your health or get peace of mind by getting expert care, close to home at the Palouse Heart Center. 

Listen to your heart: Five ways your heart is talking to you.

  1. Breathing: Experiencing shortness of breath during activity or at rest, especially when you lie down, flat, in bed.
  2. Palpitations: Pounding, rapid, or irregular heartbeats.
  3. Fatigue: Feeling tired all the time, with a lack of energy, feeling lightheaded or even experiencing fainting spells.
  4. Pain: Pain symptoms for heart issues are often felt differently for men and women.  It can be back pain, along the jaw, a squeezing feeling in your chest, or down your arms. 
  5. Indigestion: Ranging from feeling "full" to heartburn to indigestion to nausea.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms of heart failure can include:

  • Shortness of breath noted during activity (most commonly) or at rest, especially when you lie down flat in bed
  • Cough that produces white sputum.
  • Rapid weight gain, such as more than two or three pounds in one day.
  • Swelling in ankles, legs, and abdomen
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats
  • Other symptoms include nausea, palpitations, and chest pain

Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is angina, or chest pain. Angina is often can described as a squeezing, or painful feeling in your chest and can be mistaken for heartburn or simple indigestion. Angina may also be felt in the shoulders, arms, neck, throat, jaw, or back. Other symptoms of coronary artery disease include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations (irregular heartbeats, or a "flip-flop" feeling in your chest)
  • A faster heartbeat
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating

Symptoms of Arrhythmias
When symptoms of an abnormal heartbeat, called arrhthmia, are present, they may include:

  • Palpitations (a feeling of skipped heart beats, fluttering or "flip-flops" in your chest)
  • Pounding in your chest
  • Dizziness or feeling light-headed
  • Fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Weakness or fatigue (feeling very tired)

Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of arrhythmia. Most people with AF experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Heart palpitations that include a sudden pounding, fluttering, or racing feeling in the heart
  • Lack of energy
  • Dizziness, and feeling faint or light-headed
  • Chest discomfort, include sharp pain, pressure, or just a discomfort in the chest
  • Shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing during normal activities

It's important to remember that some patients with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms or fleeting encounters. Episodes may be brief and it varies, from patient to patient. 

Palouse Heart Center is a proud member of the Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network.

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Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network, DBA Palouse Heart Center complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.