Learning to live with the effects of a heart attack: long-term drug therapy: anticoagulant drugs

SYMPTOMS: SIGNALS OF DISEASE

Sometimes, a specific symptom provides a warning. Or, you may be unable to pinpoint the specific problem but you just do not feel right. Your doctor may be the first to discover a suspicious test result or physical sign. In other cases, a heart attack is the earliest warning.

Malfunctions in your cardiovascular system may display themselves by causing various symptoms. The detective work of determining what problem is causing symptoms is the cornerstone of diagnosis, and an accurate diagnosis is the best chance of finding an effective treatment.

What Is a Symptom?

A symptom is a change in the way your body feels that may indicate illness or disease. A symptom is totally subjective. No one but you can experience it or detect it. A symptom is not the disease itself.

Doctors cannot detect a symptom; only you can do that. Doctors are trained to listen to your description of symptoms and to ask questions to determine the significance of each. Doctors also look for "signs"-outward manifestations of the disease or problem.

Although neither the symptoms nor the signs are the disease, they are clues to a potential underlying problem.

They are your body's way of telling you that something may be wrong.

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