Symptoms for heart conditions

Doctor talking to patientDisease of the heart and circulation is an umbrella term for several types of conditions including heart attacks, stroke and disturbance to your heart's rhythm.

The symptoms you might experience will vary depending on the type of disease.

Man gets chest painHeart disease symptoms

Although there are many different types of heart condition with different symptoms, the most common type is called coronary heart disease. The symptoms of coronary heart disease include heart attack and angina.


  • chest pain or discomfort, which may spread to the arms, neck, jaw, stomach or back
  • a dull pain, ache or 'heavy' feeling in your chest
  • chest pain or discomfort which feels like indigestion but makes you feel generally unwell
  • feeling sick, sweaty, breathless, lightheaded, dizzy or generally unwell as well as pain or discomfort in your chest.

It's important to remember that symptoms can vary from one person to another. If you, or anyone around you, experience any of these symptoms, don't ignore them. 

Phone 999 for an ambulance immediately.

This means that you will get treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you get treatment, the greater your chances of survival.

Watch your own heart attack
This two minute film lets you experience what it's like to have a heart attack first hand. Take the time to watch it then you'll be prepared if and when it happens for real.