Know the basics

What is cardiasthenia?

Cardiasthenia, which is known as Da Costa’s syndrome, is a syndrome with a set of symptoms that are similar to those of heart disease, though a physical examination does not detect any physiological abnormalities.

In modern times, cardiasthenia is considered the manifestation of anxiety disorders, and treatment is primarily behavioral, involving lifestyle changes and exercise.


How common is cardiasthenia?

This disease occurs in all age groups and affects both sexes. It also can be life-threatening seriously if left untreated.

However, it can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.


What are the symptoms of cardiasthenia?

These following signs and symptoms of cardiasthenia are considered as one of the most common ones, including:

  • Fatigue upon exertion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness

However, physical examination reveals no physical abnormalities causing the symptoms.

When should I see my doctor?

Early diagnosis and treatment can stop this condition from worsening and prevent another medical emergency, so talk to your doctor as soon as possible to prevent this serious condition.

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consulting with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.


What causes cardiasthenia?

This condition is generally considered a physical manifestation of an anxiety disorder.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for cardiasthenia?

You may have a higher risk for this disease if you:

  • Feel stressed/have depression
  • Drink too much alcohol
  • Smoke tobacco a lot

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.


How is cardiasthenia diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects that you may experience this condition, your doctor will ask your history, a physical examination will be performed and some tests will be also recommended by your doctor.

Tests and procedures used to diagnose cardiasthenia may include: blood test, X rays, etc. However, physical examination does not play a primary role in diagnosing this condition.

How is cardiasthenia treated?               

Until today, there is no medication for cardiasthenia. Reports show that patients benefit from changes in lifestyle and diet.

Patients also find relief from wearing loose clothing about the waist, and avoiding postural changes such as stooping, or lying on the left or right side, or the back. A reclined position and forced bed rest was the most beneficial.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage cardiasthenia?

These steps may help you cope better with a medical emergency if you have cardiasthenia:

  • Do exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes a day
  • Stop drinking alcohol
  • Avoid smoking tobaccos
  • Meditation

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: February 10, 2017 | Last Modified: February 12, 2017

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