I am a 26 year old male.
I am writing to ask your opinion on whether I should be concerned about my heart/lungs.
I smoke about a quarter of a marijuana cigarette a day (no more, sometimes less) since 18, but lately have been cutting back to about once every three days.
The reason why I am concerned is because I have had some symptoms of heart disease
over the past 2 years.
It started in April 2011. I was under alot of stress. For about 2 -3 months I was having pain in my chest and a tight left bicep. Those pains have gone away since about July 2011.
Also, I was taking a medical prior to 2011 called avodart which has been known and publicized to possibily lead to heart failure
. I was taking it for hair loss. I quit the drug in april 2011 after 4 years of use because I was having other symptoms. Other symptoms included muscle loss.
I can still exercise very hard and have no symptoms (ie swim for an hour - I do stop often).I did play hockey the other day and was very winded and struggled very much breathing very hard and felt uncomfotable but no chest pain. Hockey is very damanding sport. But it seems like my chest is always tight like my lungs are tight, like shallow breathing
Other symptoms that I have is very low appetite and the food seems to just sit in my stomach (I guess you can say digestion problems - I always feel full ) and always seem to be pretty tired.
I eat very clean low fat diet, no meat.
Yesterday I was in very cold weather and my left chest started feeling alittle weird.
In 2011 I went to the hositpal when I had bad chest pains and they did blood tests and an ecg and saidnothing was wrong. Now I think it could have been gas. I later had a stress test
, echo and cartoid ultrasound. The stress test was normal and the echo was normal- the doctor said I had "athelete's heart" but it was NOT enlarged (the thing was I was not exercising in excess at that time). The cartoid ultrasound showed "no plaque". Also the echo showed mild regurgitation (I'm not postivte but I think this is what it was). I have also been diagnosed with moderate acid reflux
. I also had another echo and stress test with another cardiologist who said my tests were normal except the regurgitation.
My blood tests are excellent - low cholesterol
I may be 10-20 pounds overweight
ie 178 and 5'9.
My questions are as follows:
1. Were the tests that I had enough to rule out any problems?
2. Do you suggest any other tests to completely rule out any problems? How about a heart CT?
3. Should I worry about the regurgitation?
4. Should I be worried in general?
5. Exactly how much damage have I done by smoking 1/4 a marijuana cigarette a day? How bad is that? How about if I quit to once a week? I do not drink or do any other drugs.
Please if you have time write me back. I am very worried, especially since the weird, tight left chest in the very cold weather yesterday. Thanks so much. I am really worried.