Heart Disease & Heart Problems: Symptoms And Signs to Know

Coronary Artery Disease Symptoms

Coronary artery disease, sometimes called coronary heart disease, is a chronic heart condition that arises from a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. The blood vessels usually narrow due to fatty deposits that clog the arterial walls (atherosclerosis).

This is a chronic condition that limits the supply of blood to the heart [1]. It is a leading cause of death that often manifests as angina, a heart condition characterized by intermittent periods of chest pain or tightness in the chest and surrounding areas. If you don’t know what to look for, you might mistake coronary artery disease for more benign nonheart-related conditions such as heartburn or indigestion in its early stages.

Common symptoms of coronary artery disease include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain that may be sharp or a persistent dull ache
  • Pain or discomfort that radiates to the back, neck, and shoulders
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sweating