Facts About Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease

Different disorders that affect the blood vessels or the heart are known as cardiovascular disorders. The cardiovascular disorders are usually divided into two parts that is the peripheral blood vessel disorders and the cardiac or heart disorders. The cardiac disorders affect the blood vessels that supply blood to the muscles of the heart as well as different heart structures such as heart valves. On the other hand the peripheral blood vessel disorders affect the blood vessels in the other parts of the body such as the trunk, legs and arms. Disorders which affect the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain are known as cerebral vascular disorders. One example of cerebral vascular disorder is stroke.

No single symptom can be used to positively identify a cardiac disorder but there are certain symptoms of cardiovascular Disease which can be used to determine the possibility of a cardiac disorder. Often several symptoms together can allow the doctor to make the diagnosis of cardiac disorder for certain. The doctors usually identify the symptoms by interviewing the patient and also by obtaining the medical history and by performing physical examinations. Often the doctors also use diagnostic procedures on the patient to confirm the diagnosis of a cardiac disorder. In some cases the cardiac disorder does not produce any symptoms even when it is serious until it reaches the last stage. Thus most doctors suggest routine health checkups to uncover cardiac disorders which do not produce any symptoms. It is also because of this reason that many doctors perform several procedures to screen for a cardiac disorder even when there is no evidence of existence of the cardiac disorder.

The symptoms of cardiac disorder include shortness of breath, different types of pain, fatigue, lightheadedness, and palpitations such as fast, slow and even irregular heart beat in addition to swelling in the ankles, legs and feet. The presence of the symptoms does not always indicate a cardiac disorder. For example a chest pain might be the result of a digestive disorder or even a respiratory disorder rather than a cardiac disorder.

Symptoms indicating the peripheral blood vessel disorders usually vary and depend on the location of the affected blood vessels. The symptoms of peripheral blood vessel disorders may or may not include shortness of breath, pain, muscle cramps, fatigue and the muscles, lightheadedness, numbness, swelling and also a change in the skin color of the affected body part.

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Yasser Elnahas

MD, PHD, Professor Of CardioVascular Surgery
Dr. Yasser Elnahas, Is an associate Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Elnahas was trained as a fellow At Texas Heart Institute And Mayo Clinic Foundation.Dr. Elnahas is dedicated to educating the general public about different disease conditions and simplifying the medical knowledge in an easy to understand terminology.

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