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Hi, I've read that fatigue is a symptom of heart disease in women, is the fatigue constant or does it come and go?
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Fatigue is seen in multiple conditions.
but how is it as a symptom of heart disease or heart failure?
I wouldn't suspect a heart disease as the primary cause.
As I described, if you also have other symptoms of breathlessness, chest ache, limb swelling, palpitation
well my mom has been feeling weak for the past few months.
with some dizziness
I would perform a clinical examination to record the central venous pressure, heart examination and ausculation along with EKG, routine hemogram, echocardiogram and if needed a angiogram to confirm the heart disease.
May I know your mom's age?
Is she dizzy and weak always or is it an on and off phenomena?
Did a doctor examine her before doing the test?
she told me only a blood test was done.
When was the last time you saw her?
Is she able to perform her routine activities?
she's with me now.
Especially climbing flight of stairs?
she does but she feels weak doing them.
her legs mainly is weak
If she is able to perform routine activities and able to easily climb two flights of stairs without much difficulties, I would not put a heart problem as the first possibility.
Weakness and dizziness may be due to other reasons
which can be sorted by detailed clinical examination supported by investigations.
If you can detail me the results of blood test, may be I can look into it and guide you further.
i don't have them nor do i think she does either.
When was it done?
about two weeks ago
If the doctors were not worried about the results, I would suggest you not be concerned about it.
Since the weakness and dizziness is an on and off and she is able to perform routine work
you do not worry about heart disease now.
Please get her blood pressure verified.
Make sure if they have tested her blood sugar and cholesterols.
Encourage her to drink plenty of fluids and eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
If the weakness and dizziness continue to bother her, I would urge you to visit a local MD.
He/she needs to evaluate her.
The first possibility that needs to be ruled out is anemia.
The next in line is electrolyte and hormone disturbance
Hope I am clear to you.
Are you there?
sorry for the delay and thank you for your suggestions.
I am glad that my informations were helpful.
I wish you and your mother good health.
Thanks for consulting me.
Bye for now.
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