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Symptoms of Heart Disease, Heart Attack, and Stroke in Dallas, TX

Often referred to as a “silent killer”, heart disease often goes undetected in it is early stages. Many times, it is not until an individual experiences a heart attack or stroke that he or she becomes cognizant of this condition. Having regular checkups is one way to ensure early detection. Knowing the warning signs of heart disease so that early treatment can be sought is another.

Heart Attack

Heart attacks may occur very suddenly or can start out slowly and build in intensity over time. In either instance, it’s important to seek medical attention at the first signs of a heart attack. Some early indications that you are suffering a heart attack might be:

  • Chest pain or pressure that lasts for more than a few minutes
  • Pain that radiates to the jaw, shoulder, neck, back, arms or abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Extreme fatigue

Heart attacks tend to affect women and men differently. Women are more likely than men to experience dizziness, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting or jaw and back pain.


Strokes begin suddenly, and symptoms can be severe at the onset. These conditions can continue to worsen, or may fluctuate in their intensity. As soon as you notice signs of a stroke, you should seek medical attention immediately. A few signs of a stroke include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Weakness or numbness in the leg, arm, hand or face; usually experienced only on one side of the body
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination or balance
  • Confusion
  • Changes in vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Uncontrollable drooling
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling agitated or depressed

When strokes are not treated in a timely manner, they can result in unconsciousness or even death. The sooner you seek treatment for a stroke the better, since early treatment can result in an easier recovery over the long haul.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.

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