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Five signs of heart trouble that you should never ignore

If symptoms of cardiovascular disease are detected at an early stage, they can be treated to avoid long-term and life-threatening consequences

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Know how to look after your heart. Photo: Stock image

Know how to look after your heart. Photo: Stock image

Professor Jonathan Lyne is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin

Professor Jonathan Lyne is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin

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Know how to look after your heart. Photo: Stock image

Cardiovascular disease is among the leading causes of death and disability in Ireland, but there are common symptoms to detect and treat it.

1 Chest pain

Probably the most obvious sign, chest pain can be associated with a ‘heart attack’, medically known as a myocardial infarction. Pain, tightness, or pressure in the chest, which radiates to the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back, or that spreads to the arm(s), could be signs of a ‘heart attack’, caused by a blocked or narrowed artery. You should seek emergency medical help if it continues for more than a few minutes or if you feel unwell.


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