5 overlooked symptoms that may signal heart trouble

Chest discomfort is linked to heart attacks. But what about signs of heart failure, valve problems, and irregular heartbeats?


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Chest pain is not always present in people with heart disease. Instead, other symptoms can be the signals that alert you to heart disease.

"Any symptom that seems to be provoked by exertion and relieved by rest could be heart-related. Particularly in people with underlying risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco use, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and a strong family history of heart disease, other symptoms besides chest pain may be the clue to a heart problem," says Dr. Randall Zusman, a cardiologist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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