Common signs that may indicate a heart problem include chest or arm discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, abnormal heartbeats and loss of consciousness. Discomfort or pain in the chest is a classic symptom of heart attack, according to WebMD.
The most common heart problem is coronary artery disease. CAD occurs when the arteries that supply blood, oxygen and nutrients to the heart become hardened and narrowed. This decreases blood flow to the heart. Eventually, this may cause angina or a heart attack, reports Women’s Health. Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when the heart does not get sufficient blood.
Another common heart problem is heart arrhythmias or heart rhythm problems. This means that the heartbeat is irregular, says WebMD. Signs of arrhythmias include palpitations, chest pain, fatigue and dizziness. Heart disease or an injury from a heart attack may cause an arrhythmia.
A major heart problem is heart failure, a condition in which the heart is not able to pump enough blood through the body. This means that the body’s need for blood and oxygen is not being met. It does not mean that the heart stops beating, says Women’s Health. Signs of heart failure include extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, decreased alertness and swelling in the abdomen, legs, ankles and feet.