Warning signs of heart problems

If you have any warning signs of heart problems, it is important to let your doctor know straight away. Early treatment for a heart problem can prevent further damage.

Sometimes the symptoms of heart problems are like the symptoms of other conditions. But it is important to get any new symptom checked by your doctor. Always tell your doctor if you:

  • have chest discomfort, pain or tightness
  • have pain that spreads to your arm, neck, jaw, stomach or back
  • feel short of breath
  • feel unusually tired or weak (fatigue)
  • have swollen feet, ankles, tummy or lower back
  • have palpitations, which might feel like a thumping or fluttering in your chest
  • have blackouts (faint)
  • feel dizzy or light-headed.

A heart attack is life-threatening. If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, phone 999 for an ambulance straight away.

I did a lot of walking, but put feeling tired or out of breath down to getting older. It wasn’t anything I thought about going to the GP for.


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Heart problems

Different types of heart problem can develop if part of the heart is not working properly.