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Heart (Cardiac) Symptoms

Author: Shelley Ensz. Scleroderma is highly variable. See Types of Scleroderma. Read Disclaimer
Overview
Heart Symptoms in Women
Chest Pain
Common Symptoms of Heart Failure
Fainting (Syncope)

Overview

Cardiac Symptoms with scleroderma can be due to complications such as myocardial disease, conduction system abnormalities, arrhythmias, or pericardial disease. Many of these complications have common symptoms: shortness of breath, fatigue, light headedness, slow/fast heart rate or swelling in the feet, legs, or abdomen. (Also see What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, Symptoms of Scleroderma and Overview of Cardiac Involvement)

Heart Symptoms in Women

Imaging of Heart Disease in Women. For the diagnosis and management of ischemic heart disease, it is important for radiologists to be familiar with the unique considerations for imaging women with heart disease. PubMed, Radiology, 2017 Jan;282(1):34-53.

Chest Pain

Are you concerned about sudden chest pain? If so, please stop web surfing and call for emergency help. Your life or that of your loved one may depend on it.

Chest Pain, Acute Severe, sudden chest pain can represent a life-threatening problem. Follow this chart for more information. familydoctor.org.

Chest Pain, Chronic Many different types of problems can cause discomfort, shortness of breath, pain with swallowing, and many other symptoms in the chest area. This chart may help you pinpoint your problem as you confirm your symptoms. familydoctor.org.

Common Symptoms of Heart Failure

Swelling in Ankles is edema and may be a symptom of heart diseaseCommon symptoms of heart failure include breathing difficulties, fatigue and exercise intolerance, and coughing.

Breathing. Breathing problems may include shortness of breath from walking stairs or other simple activities; trouble breathing when lying down; or waking up in the middle of the night short of breath.

Coughing. The cough may be a dry, hacking cough when lying flat in bed; and it may produce mucus or blood-tinged sputum.

Exercise intolerance.

Fatigue.

Swelling. There may be swelling of the feet, ankle or legs.

Photo at left: Edema (swelling) in the ankles.

Fainting (Syncope)

Unexplained Fainting (Syncope) If you suffer from recurrent fainting spells and doctors have been unable to determine the cause, a revolutionary medical device that monitors your heart may offer new hope. The device is called the Medtronic Reveal Insertable Loop Recorder. Medtronic.

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