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Chest tightness, pressure on lung, squeezing feeling in heart. What should we do?

My husband has been experiencing a tightness in his chest on the left side. He says his breathing feels tight and that it feels like pressure on his left lung and he says he has to really suck in air to breath. He also says that it feels like a hand is squeezing his heart and there s tightening when he inhales. What should we do is this something to be very concerned about?
Asked On : Sun, 18 Nov 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM
Any chest pain and tightness should not be ignored as there is breathing problem also so first you should visit hospital/ER and get a urgent ECG and if it is normal then physical examination may indicate he has a lung pathology like Asthma or Pneumonia.
A complete workup with CBC, A X ray chest and PFT ( Pulmonary Function Test) will be help ful to know the exact cause of his discomfort.
Once proper diagnosis is made treatment will be easy.
There is one more very important aspect is by chance if he is smoking he must stop it as it is very harmful for both heart and Lungs.
Please take care
Good Luck .
Answered: Sun, 18 Nov 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. R.A. Singh's  Response
Hi Evelynevans,
Thanks for writing your query.

You should immediately contact the Emergency department for the symptoms your husband is experiencing. Left sided chest pain with tightness can be a symptom of heart attack. You should immediately get an opinion of a Cardiologist / Pulmologist and get following investigation done :-

2. 2D Echo of heart
3. Chest X-Ray (PA view)

I hope this is helpful yo you.
Answered: Sun, 18 Nov 2012
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