Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease
In approximately 40% of CAD cases, symptoms occur suddenly in apparently healthy people, who are unaware of any health problems. The first symptoms of CAD are often subtle and unthreatening.
The typical CAD complaints include:
- A feeling of heaviness or discomfort in the heart area;
- Chest pains during emotional or physical stress, which stop when at rest;
- Breathlessness, even during light physical activity;
- Weakness, nausea;
- Cardiac performance irregularities, or heart rhythm disturbance;
- Cold sweat, severe shortness of breath.
The following emotional manifestations are also characteristic of CAD:
- Unreasonable anxiety;
- Panic, fear of death;
- Depression, inexplicable apathy.
Next chapter: Tests and diagnosis of CAD