1. Chest Pain or Tightness
This is the most common sign of heart disease. Often called angina, it’s a direct result of reduced blood flow to the heart. The heart is asking for increased oxygen, and it’s not getting it because the blood that usually carries oxygen can’t get through the narrowed blood vessels.
Angina usually feels like pressure or squeezing in your chest, and in more severe cases it can be painful. Sometimes it’s also felt in shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Angina pain may even feel like indigestion. The pain tends to get worse with activity and go away with rest.