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
If you have an irregular heartbeat (called an arrhythmia), your doctor might suggest a treatment called cardioversion to help get your heart back into a normal rhythm.
If your heart beats too fast or unevenly, it can be dangerous. Your heart may not be pumping enough blood to meet your body's needs. An irregular heartbeat also can lead to a stroke or a heart attack.