Heart disease comes in many forms, and includes a condition called cardiomyopathy. This occurs when the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick or rigid, and in rare cases, muscle tissue is replaced with scar tissue. Early-stage sufferers may show no signs of the disease, but symptoms often reveal themselves as the condition worsens.
Here are common signs of a weakened heart:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially when exerting yourself.
- Your legs, ankles, feet, abdomen and neck veins are swollen.
- You always feel fatigued.
- Your heartbeats are rapid, pounding, or fluttering, which may indicate an irregularity in your heart rhythm.
- You often feel dizzy, lightheaded or faint.
- Chest pain, especially after a heavy meal or exerting yourself.
If you experience two or more of these symptoms regularly, consult with your doctor right away.
Tip courtesy of the American Heart Association[i]