Boots WebMD Partners in Health
Return To Boots

Heart disease health centre

Select a topic to explore more.
Select An Article

Heart disease: When to seek medical advice

When caring for a person with heart disease, it is important to know which symptoms require medical attention. If you notice any of the symptoms described below in the person you are caring for, seek medical advice as soon as possible. In an emergency, call an ambulance.

  • A feeling of fullness ( bloating) in the stomach with a loss of appetite or nausea.
  • Extreme fatigue or decreased ability to complete daily activities.
  • A respiratory infection or a cough that has become worse.
  • Fast heart rate (above 100 beats per minute).
  • New, irregular heartbeat.
  • Chest pain or discomfort during activity that is relieved with rest.
  • Difficulty breathing during day to day activities or at rest.
  • Changes in sleep patterns, including difficulty sleeping or feeling the need to sleep a lot more than usual.
  • Decreased urination.
  • Restlessness, confusion.
  • Constant dizziness or light-headedness.
  • Nausea or poor appetite.

When should my loved one go to Accident and Emergency?

Call 999 if he/she has:

  • New chest pain or discomfort that is severe, unexpected, or occurs with shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or weakness.
  • A fast heart rate (more than 120-150 beats per minute) -- especially if he/she is short of breath, too.
  • Shortness of breath NOT relieved by rest.
  • Sudden weakness or paralysis (inability to move) in the arms or legs.
  • A sudden, severe headache.
  • A fainting spell with loss of consciousness.

Seek medical advice about any other concerns you may have about your loved one's condition.

Next Article:

WebMD Medical Reference

Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on November 07, 2014

Heart disease newsletter

The latest heart health news and information, delivered to your inbox.
Sign Up

Popular slideshows & tools on BootsWebMD

rash on skin
Soothe skin and prevent flare-ups
woman blowing nose
Myths & facts about allergies
cold sore
How to cope with cold sores
bowl of soup
Small changes that lead to weight loss
man administering eyedrops
Taking on eye allergies
palm tree and beach
How to make it less stressful
toddler doodling
What to expect in your child's second year
bain illustration
Best foods for your brain
bucket with cleaning supplies in it
Cleaning for a healthy home
mother and child
Could your baby be allergic to milk?
pregnant woman eating healthy salad
Nutrition needs before pregnancy