When to Call a Doctor About Heart Disease Symptoms

When you take care of someone with heart disease, keep an eye on his symptoms and learn when it's time to call the doctor.

If he shows any of these signs, get in touch with the doctor's office:

  • Feeling of fullness in the stomach with a loss of appetite or nausea
  • Extreme fatigue or less able to complete daily activities
  • Respiratory infection or cough that gets worse
  • Fast heart rate (above 100 beats per minute)
  • New, irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain or discomfort during activity that goes away with rest
  • Trouble breathing during regular activities or at rest
  • Changes in sleep patterns, such as trouble sleeping or feels he needs to sleep a lot more than usual
  • Pees less than usual
  • Gets restless or confused
  • Constant dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea or poor appetite

When Should My Loved One Go to the Emergency Room?

Call 911 if he has:

  • New chest pain or discomfort that is severe and unexpected. It can happen with or without shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, or weakness.
  • Fast heart rate (more than 150 beats per minute), especially if he is short of breath, too
  • Shortness of breath that doesn't go away when he rests
  • Sudden weakness or can't move his arms or legs
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Faints and loses consciousness
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on April 15, 2018



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