Thanks for writing in.
I am a qualified and certified cardiologist and I read your mail with diligence.
Let us see, if you had been meth
user there are certain cardiovascular complications which might occur even after you have stopped using it or even you were a casual user as opposed to regular addict. Important one is systemic hypertension
that is rise in blood pressure (also pulmonary hypertension: rise in lung arterial pressure) and conditions resulting from that. So, it is settled that you have to get your heart and cardiovascular system checked up. Coming to the immediate problem of the annoying chest pain/pressure and whether you ought to go for ER. The causes for this weird sensation in chest (along with stuffy nose, dry throat and phlegm) can be quite benign so it seems to me that you feel that you ought not trouble health care facility in Emergency for minor problems. Here, I have different view, as treatment of some of the serious problems (which can potentially be there like aortic aneurysm
, aortic dissection
) is delayed because of this hesitation. No matter what time of the day it is where you live you should be seen by a doctor, have your blood pressure measured, an EKG and a chest x-ray taken, that would be my recommendation. So, that you have peaceful sleep tonight after finding out it is nothing serious.
I hope that answers your questions. Good luck.
If you have any more query I will be most happy to answer it.
Dr Anil Grover,
Cardiologist & Internist
M.B.;B.S, M.D. (Internal Medicine) D.M(Cardiology)