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Heart Condition

Heart conditions include a variety of diseases or disorders affecting the heart and circulatory system. Students may not appear to have any symptoms, but observable symptoms may include weakness, fatigue, fainting, sweating, or nausea.
Some examples of heart conditions are heart attacks, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, congenital or inherited heart conditions, cardiomyopathy, and valve disorders. In addition to those that may be observable, students may have an unusual heartbeat rhythm, palpitations, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or pain.

Observing Heart Condition in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following in students with a heart condition:

  • May actively avoid confrontational situations such as debates
  • Might be absent more often than other students
  • Might appear tired or fatigued
  • May ask to be excused from strenuous physical activities


Related Functional Characteristics

Breathing Difficulty : Students with a heart condition may experience shortness of breath or other breathing difficulties.

Fatigue (Physical) : Students with a heart condition may exhibit physical fatigue due to lack of oxygen and nutrients to the body.

Numbness : Students with heart conditions can have numbness due to poor circulation or pooling of blood in extremities.

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