The heart is obviously an essential organ, and it’s quite resilient – consider the average heart beats about three billion times over the course of an 80-year lifespan.
However, like all organs, the heart can develop problems, whether they’re congenital or acquired, and some are more serious than others. That being said, they all deserve medical attention and monitoring. Here are 12 common heart problems and their symptoms…
1. Coronary Artery Disease
People sometimes joke, “don’t have a coronary,” when someone is feeling overwhelmed, but there’s really nothing funny about it. WebMD notes the most common symptom of coronary artery disease is chest pain (angina).
This pain can also be described as heaviness, pressure, or squeezing, adds the source, and it can sometimes be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn. The discomfort can also travel to other areas of the body including the shoulders, arms, and even the jaw, it adds. Other possible symptoms are shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, weakness, nausea, and sweating.