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Do I have any lung disease or heart problem as I get numerous feelings in chest? Feels heart nearly stopped, breath fast to overcome, warm rush. These feeling comes and goes. All tests normal.

Hi, I am 24years ol male and for the last 3 years i have had numerous feelings in my chest . To start it was like i had to breath in fast every 5 mins or so, then a warm rush which would happen ever 5-10mins, and now a slight tight/uptight feeling which can last for 10-15mins, then will go away. Also sometimes it feels like my heart nearly stops and i have to breath in fast to overcome this, this is not that often. These feelings would last for 3-4 weeks then i would be normal for 3-4 weeks, then it would come back. I have been the the doctors many times, I have had numerous ECG s all ok, blood tests all ok, and a recent heart scan which was ok, they have also listened to my hert and lungs and sounded ok. Some put it down to anixity as i do constantly think and worry about my health, expecially when a get one of the feelings. I can run 3-4 miles with no issues as i do test myself. I do still fear there is something wrong and think i have a lung disease or heart problem as to why i get these feelings as described. Any ideas please.. Thanks you. Aidan
Asked On : Tue, 19 Jun 2012
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

Thanks for providing complete and detailed account of your problem. After going through the details, the close possibility which I think could be responsible for your symptoms is "hyperventilation syndrome".

Hyperventilation syndrome is a condition where an individual responds abnormally to an anxious state. The increased and fast breathing induces metabolic changes result in subsequent symptoms such as tightness of chest, difficulty to breathe and so on.

Though treating anxiety is most important, the episodes can be treated by breathing into a closed airbag.

Let me assure you, that this condition is not associated with any lung or heart pathology.

I suggest you to try breathing into a bag the next time you get this episode and let us know if you feel any difference.

Thanks again and regards
Answered: Wed, 20 Jun 2012
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