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Heart disease, palpitations, congestive heart failure (CHF), and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Let’s get to the heart of the matter.
What is Heart Disease?
The term “heart disease” is a catch-all term that actually refers to several types of heart conditions such as diseased vessels, structural problems, and blood clots.
Heart Disease Symptoms
As stated above, heart disease is a broad term, but some warning signs that often accompany a condition include:
- Fluttering feeling in your chest
- Racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
What are Heart Palpitations?
A sensation that the heart is racing, pounding, fluttering, or skipping a beat. They may mean nothing signficant, or they can be a sign of heart disease.
Heart Palpitation Risk Factors
Heart palpitations can be brought on by such factors as:
- Stress or anxiety
- Diet pills
- Alcohol or tobacco
- Overactive thyroid
- Low blood pressure
What is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)?
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic progressive condition in which The heart cannot fill and/or pump efficiently and can lead to a buildup of fluid in the lungs or body (legs most commonly).
Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure
CHF can manifest a variety of symptoms, but some common ones include:
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Swelling (edema) in your legs, ankles and feet
- Irregular heartbeat
- Reduced mobility
- Persistent cough or wheezing
- Production of white or pink blood-tinged phlegm
- Increased urination
What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
PAD is a circulatory condition in which plaque-filled blood vessels become narrow, reducing blood flow to the limbs.
Symptoms of PAD
Peripheral Artery Disease can present no symptoms, but typically one of more of the following are reported:
- Painful cramping in the hips, thighs or calf muscles after physical activity
- Leg numbness or weakness
- Coldness in your lower leg or foot
- Non-healing sores on feet, toes or legs
Sunnyvale Primary Care Can Help
As you can see, we treat a variety of heart conditions. Dr. Kam and Dr. Fontenot along withthe rest of the team here at Sunnyvale Primary Care are dedicated to making you feel comfortable as we improve your health and well-being.