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
Ever wish you could see inside your arteries? These blood vessels deliver oxygen-rich blood to every corner of our bodies. Maintaining the flow is essential to life and health.
Atherosclerosis causes narrowing and hardening of the arteries, creating slowdowns in blood flow. Even worse, atherosclerosis can trigger sudden blood clots. Heart attacks and strokes are the often-deadly result.
If we could see what was going on in our arteries, we might think twice about our lifestyle choices. Could...