Signs of heart trouble

SantaCruz ColorBy: Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

Although there are many types of heart diseases, there are a few universal signs and symptoms that all the diseases share. It is important to be in tune with your body and take these signs seriously. Catching a heart concern early is the best way to correct and treat the disease.

The most common form of chest pain can be described as discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing or a painful feeling in your chest. This pain is often mistaken for indigestion or heartburn.  Other signs can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Dizziness

It is possible to have a heart concern without having any signs, although very rare. The best way to protect yourself against heart disease is to eat a balanced diet – stay away from processed and pre-packaged foods. It is also important to practice an active lifestyle. Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your heart strong and disease free! Also, healthcare providers are able to check your high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) as a precaution to heart disease.

Agnesian HealthCare has cardiologists, dietitians and physical therapists on staff to keep you on track to a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit us on our web site at or call us at (920) 929-2300.


About Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

Agnesian HealthCare offers comprehensive Heart Care Services close to home in Fond du Lac. These comprehensive Heart Care Services, offered through the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care, bring to the region a diverse and complete package of quality cardiac procedures, including open-heart surgery (coronary artery bypass grafts), coronary angioplasty, stent placements, cardiac catheterizations and other procedures. Agnesian HealthCare has been providing cardiac diagnostics, pacemaker clinic and cardiac rehabilitation for many years, and these remain part of the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care. For more information, call (920) 929-2300.

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