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What are the symptoms of coronary artery disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of coronary heart disease include shortness of breath, chest pains, and heart attack. The chest pain may feel like a tightness or pressure in your chest, and may be triggered by an event that causes an emotional reaction. Heart attacks carry their own set of symptoms, including shoulder and arm pain for men or stomach or back pain for women.

Symptoms that indicate your heart is in danger may be present for months or years before a heart attack occurs. Persistent unusual symptoms—shortness of breath, nausea, great fatigue, angina/chest pain, fainting spells and gas-like discomfort—may be red flags for heart disease. Discuss such symptoms with your healthcare professional, even if the symptoms come and go.

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