Symptoms

SYMPTOMS

  • Chest pain or discomfort – This is the most common symptom of CAD. It is typically brought on by physical exertion (exercise, walking upstairs, sexual activity) or emotional exertion (anger, stress) and relieved by rest. The pain is usually felt around the central part of the chest or on the left side. But this may also be felt (radiation) in the left shoulder, left arm and even in the hands. Sometimes, it is also felt in the upper arm or the abdomen. The discomfort could range from a sense of heaviness, tightness, squeezing or choking to a burning sensation. These symptoms usually last for 1-5 minutes and may be more marked in the morning. The chest pain following a heart attack is more severe and lasts longer. Rest or anti-anginal medicines are unable to relieve it
  • Breathlessness on exertion / breathlessness while lying down / sudden breathlessness
  • Palpitation (self awareness of heart beat)
  • Profuse sweating
  • Unconsciousness / fainting (Syncope)