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Heart Disease: Symptoms & Prevention

Glowing Floating Heart in Hands

Heart disease includes any disorder that affects the heart's ability to function normally, such as stroke, high blood pressure, angina, and rheumatic heart disease. It's easier to treat when it's detected early.

Am I Having a Heart Attack?

Symptoms may vary, but they usually include chest pain and discomfort in the jaw, neck or back. The pain can be severe or mild and usually lasts longer than 20 minutes. You may also feel weak, light-headed, or faint, and experience shortness of breath. Recognizing and treating heart disease right away drastically improves a patient's chance for survival.

If you think you are having a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention.

An Ounce of Prevention

Some studies have shown that making a few lifestyle changes — such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and quitting smoking — can prevent existing blockages from getting worse and may actually improve them. By monitoring your blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol levels, you can also lower your risk of getting heart disease.

Be sure to know your numbers by getting your blood pressure and cholesterol checked!

Drexel Cardiology

Drexel Cardiology provides outstanding heart care and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment, while adhering to the highest standards of patient care. Our cardiologists specialize in heart attack, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, irregular heartbeats and advanced heart failure. Drexel Cardiology also offers comprehensive risk assessment to those who wish to prevent cardiac disease before symptoms arise.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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