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When should you call your doctor about heart problems?

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Call your doctor about heart problems if:

You have unusual chest pain, especially if it keeps happening. It may be heartburn, but it could also be angina or even a heart attack.

You have recurring disturbances of your heartbeat. If frequent or persistent, irregular heartbeats may signal a serious heart condition.

You become suddenly dizzy, lightheaded, weak or faint. Even if the cause is not heart disease, it could be serious.

If you think you're having a heart attack, call 911 right away. Quick treatment of a heart attack is important to lessen the amount of damage to your heart.

SOURCES: 

Myers, R., , Firefly Books Ltd, 2004.  Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know

Verheugt, F.; Tonkin, A., "Artherosclerosis and Heart Disease," Taylor & Francis Group; 1st edition, 2003. 

WebMD Medical reference: "Heart Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

Myers, R., , Firefly Books Ltd, 2004.  Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know

Verheugt, F.; Tonkin, A., "Artherosclerosis and Heart Disease," Taylor & Francis Group; 1st edition, 2003. 

WebMD Medical reference: "Heart Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

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