Symptoms of structural heart disease can vary depending on the specific condition or defect.
Patients may have subjective, or immeasurable, symptoms or objective, measureable, symptoms.
Some common subjective symptoms are:
- shortness of breath or shortness or breath with exertion
- early fatigue or a change in exercise tolerance
Some common objective symptoms are:
- heart murmur, which is found with a stethoscope during an exam
- weight gain in the form of water retention
These are some signs of heart failure, or the inability of the heart to keep up with its call for work.