What are heart disease symptoms?

Consultant cardiologist Ahmed Elgahamaz shares information about heart disease symptoms

The symptoms of coronary artery disease are what patients experience, and that can vary quite a lot. That chest pain is often not traditional, it’s often pressure or heaviness on the chest.

The pressure and heaviness on the chest come with exertion. The typical thing is for patients to experience that pressure on the chest as if there is a heavy weight, and that weight comes when they exert themselves. It occurs when they start to do something where the heart starts to work a little bit harder. It often is relieved as soon as they rest or slow down.

However, only 50% of patients experience chest pain. The other 50% will experience breathlessness, tiredness or inability to do things where they can’t keep up with whatever they used to do.

Sometimes it’s completely silent, which is why it’s very difficult for patients to make sense of the symptoms they have and to pinpoint whether it is chorionic artery disease or simply something else which is not relevant or not important.

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We often go to great lengths and tests to try and get to a clear diagnosis, whether there’s underlying coronary artery disease or not.

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About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist


Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist


Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist


Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist


Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…