Heart problems need different treatment options and medications but may have similar signs and symptoms. Diseases such as congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease or a heart attack can be treated at Tweed Heads super clinic especially if the symptoms are managed at early stages. Early recognition of symptoms also helps the doctor to give a correct diagnosis.

Heart Attack

Before we look at some of the most common symptoms of a heart attack it is important to note that some symptoms can last for about 30 minutes or longer. Doctors in Tweed Heads super clinic advise against relieving the symptoms by resting or using the oral medication as this may not work. The symptoms may initially start as mild and may later develop into a lot of pain. It is also essential to note that some people may develop a heart attack without displaying the symptoms. This kind of a heart attack is referred to as myocardial infarction (MI). This type of heart attack mostly affects diabetic people. Some of the common symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pains, general discomfort, and experiencing pains on the arm and below the breastbone
  • You may also experience discomfort in your throat, arm or back of the jaw
  • Feeling like your stomach is full, indigestion, and feeling like you want to chock which sometimes feels like a heartburn
  • Nausea, dizziness, sweating, and vomiting
  • General body weakness, shortness of breath and anxiety
  • Faster and irregular heartbeats

Coronary Artery Disease

The two most common signs of coronary artery disease are chest pains and angina. Angina is usually described as aching, burning, discomfort and pain in the chest. It can sometimes be mistaken as heartburn or indigestion. It can also be felt in the arms, neck, shoulders, and throat. Other common symptoms include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Feeling dizzy and weak
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations

Heart Valve Disease

The below symptoms of heart valve disease may not always indicate how serious your condition is. It is normal for patients not to display any symptoms at all yet their condition is worse and requires immediate medical attention. In the case of mitral valve prolapse, you may show severe symptoms while the test may only indicate the presence of minor valve disease. The main symptoms of heart valve disease include but not limited to:

  • Problem breathing and shortness of breath
  • Feeling dizzy and general body weakness
  • Palpitations
  • Discomfort in the chest
  • Gaining weight at a faster rate than usual
  • Swelling of the feet ankles and sometimes in the abdomen which makes the patient feel bloated.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a different kind of arrhythmia. Some patients may not display any signs and the episodes may only last for a short time. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Loss of energy
  • Discomfort in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of energy
  • Heart palpitations
  • Feeling light-headed


Arrhythmias are sometimes referred to as abnormal heart rhythm. Its symptoms include:

  • Irregular or skipped heartbeats
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting and feeling light-headed
  • Pounding in the chest
  • Being fatigued and feeling weak
  • Discomfort in the chest

Heart Failure

Heart failure is similar to valve disease in that the symptoms may not show how serious the condition is. Sometimes you can display severe symptoms yet your heart may only be mildly weakened. On the other hand, your heart may be severely damaged yet you are only showing a few or no symptoms at all. Some of the symptoms of heart failure include

  • Shortness of breath especially during normal activities or when resting
  • Coughing with sputum
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles and even abdomen
  • General body weakness and fatigue
  • Faster and irregular heartbeats
  • Nausea, chest pains, and palpitations
  • Gaining weight at a faster rate than usual

Cardiomyopathy or Heart Muscle Disease

Most people diagnosed with cardiomyopathy may not display any symptoms or may only show minor symptoms. Such people usually have a normal life while others may show symptoms that may progress rapidly and worsen if not taken care of properly. The symptoms may occur at any age and may include

  • Pressure in the chest and chest pains
  • Symptoms of heart failure
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of the lower body
  • Palpitation
  • Fainting

Congenital Heart Defects

This is one of the many defects that are diagnosed before or immediately after birth. Sometimes it can be diagnosed during childhood or in adulthood. It is also possible to have the defects while not displaying any symptoms. The disease is diagnosed after a physical exam, X-ray adults may show the following symptoms:

  • Inability to exercise
  • Shortness of breath
  • Symptoms of heart failure
  • Children may display the following symptoms
  • Poor feeding and rapid breathing
  • Cyanosis which entails bluish tint on the lips, fingernails, and skin
  • Recurrent lung infections
  • Inability to perform physical exercise
  • Poor weight gain