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Tightness on both sides of neck, pressure from jugular veins. Family history of heart conditions. Cure?

I have been feeling tightness (so much so that it actually hurts) on both sides of my neck ...on the inside. I m a nurse, know about anatomy , it feels like the pain is extreme pressure from my jugular veins. I m 35, over-weight, fairly active, no health issues. However, big family history of heart problems. 39 year old cousin died suddenly a couple of weeks ago, they believe it may have been sudden cardiac death .
Asked On : Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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Hello Ashley and thanks for writing in
The cause for tightness on both side of neck can be Cervical spondylosis but as you have specified Jugular vein and heart problem, I would like to say that it can be due to valvular disease of the heart. Get your Echocardiography done and rule out this. As you are healthy, active and no shortness of breath, I do not think you have any heart issue.
You have some risk factors for Heart disease like Overweight, Family history and above 35. In my opinion you must get your cardiac check up done to prevent from any further disease.
Hope this will help you.
Best Wishes
Answered: Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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