When caring for a person with heart disease, it is important to know which symptoms require a call to the doctor. If you notice any of the symptoms described below in the person you are caring for, call the doctor as soon as possible. In case of an emergency, keep the doctor's phone number nearby.
A feeling of fullness (bloating) in the stomach with a loss of appetite or nausea
Extreme fatigue or decreased ability to complete daily activities
A respiratory infection or a cough that has become worse
Fast heart rate (above 100 beats per minute)
New, irregular heartbeat
Chest pain or discomfort during activity that is relieved with rest
Difficulty breathing during regular activities or at rest
Changes in sleep patterns, including difficulty sleeping or feeling the need to sleep a lot more than usual
I had my first heart attack 26 years ago, when I was 52. I was very active
then, sometimes jogging and often walking long distances. But I was also on the
congressional staff in Washington, and the day leading up to the attack was
even more hectic than usual. My boss was introducing major legislation, and I
had crafted an important floor speech. I didn’t have time for regular meals and
ate a huge cheeseburger for dinner, then smoked three or four cigarettes.
It happened about 3 in the morning...