What are symptoms of structural heart disease?

Daniel P. O'Hair, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)

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.

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