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Signs and symptoms of impending heart trouble

December 23, 2014

UCI Health heart-health experts recommend calling your doctor’s office if you have any of the following symptoms that could signal a heart attack:

  • A weight gain of 3 pounds in one day or 5 pounds or more in a week
  • More shortness of breath than usual
  • More swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach than usual
  • Feeling more fatigued and tired than usual
  • A dry, hacking cough
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling uneasy that something is not right physically
  • Having such difficulty breathing when lying down that you need to sleep sitting in a chair
  • A change in the frequency of urination

Go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 if you:

  • Are struggling to breathe
  • Have unrelieved shortness of breath while sitting still
  • Have chest pain
  • Are confused or can’t think clearly

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