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A heart attack occurs when the blood flow bringing oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. Symptoms include:
- Typical: Tightness or pain in the chest, neck, jaw, back, or arms (more common in men).
- Atypical: Fatigue, lightheadedness, abnormal heartbeat, feeling that something is wrong (more common in women).
Cardiovascular disease is the umbrella term for conditions that affect the structures or function of your heart. Congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) are examples of cardiovascular diseases.
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
A condition caused by the heart’s inability to pump or fill adequately. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs and rapid heartbeat.
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
A buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries which causes the arteries to narrow, limiting blood flow to the heart. Symptoms can include chest pain, or there may be no symptoms at all.
High Blood Pressure/Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects arteries in the lungs and in the heart. Symptoms include shortness of breath, dizziness and chest pressure.