Common Symptoms Spotted
Heart cancer produces symptoms based on the tumor's location, size, and structure, rather than the type of tumor. There are five different groups of symptoms primary cancer can produce. The first type of symptoms commonly seen in heart cancer is related to obstruction of blood flow in the heart and consists of shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting, fatigue, and dizziness. The second is related to the dysfunction of the heart muscle tissues and include swollen legs, weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Another group of symptoms that manifest in heart cancer is associated with conduction problems of the heart and includes skipped heartbeats, slow heart rate, ventricular fibrillation, fainting, and fatigue. In addition, symptoms can occur in heart cancer related to emboli or small parts of the tumor that become loose. These include sharp chest pain, irregular heartbeat, facial droop, confusion, problems with speech, speech comprehension problems, and a cold limb with no pulse. Some other nonspecific symptoms known to manifest with heart cancer include fever, night sweats, joint pain, chills, and weight loss.
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