Sharp pain in chest can be caused by anything from usual muscle pain to a serious heart problem and should not be ignored. In some cases, it can require a medical emergency if it is due to a heart disease. This is particularly important if you are at a high risk of coronary artery disease.
The heart is a muscular organ that works as your body’s circulatory pump. It takes in deoxygenated blood through the veins and delivers it to the lungs for oxygenation and then pumps this oxygenated blood into the arteries. In coronary heart disease, the heart does not function properly. Learn more about your heart.
Heart rate (also called as pulse) is the number of times your heart beats every minute. The average resting heart rate (that is when you are sitting or lying calmly) slows down progressively through childhood toward adolescence. Read this article to know your average normal heart rate according to your age.
A heart murmur is the sound of the turbulence of the blood flow in your heart. It isn't a disease in itself but may indicate an underlying heart disease. Patients who have abnormal heart sounds or abnormal heart murmurs may show symptoms or signs of the underlying disease.
An echocardiogram (echo test) is a test that uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of the chambers and other regions of your heart. A probe called a transducer is passed over your chest into the heart. The probe produces sound waves that goes to the heart and echo back.