Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
167 Doctors are Online

Stabbing pain in left chest. Had the same when depressed. Something to worry?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General Surgeon
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 5767 Questions
Started getting pain in upper left chest like a stabbing pain . Worked out in gym yesterday and went to sauna today for about 40 mins , was fine until 4 hrs later when I walked up some stairs then got this stabbing pain in chest , felt little dizzy but ok . Pain went after about 5 or so mins but still have a strange feeling in upper chest like cold water running through chest ? Had similar episodes when I was very stressed months ago and dr said all fine . It's happened about 7 times in 12 month period ?
Posted Sun, 6 Jan 2013 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 hours later

Thank you for the query.

As you do smoke a lot, you are at the risk of ischeamic heart disease, hypertension, COPD and lungs cancer. All of mentioned disease can cause such symptoms however the most probable is icheamic heart disease. It is advisable in your case to have some diagnostics. You should start with heart ECG, heart ischeamic enzymes (CK-MB and Troponine), blood sugar level, blood pressure checkup. As you do smoke, every two years you should have chest X-ray (or better chest CT). For COPD diagnostics, blow test should be performed (so called spirometry). You should also visit cardiologist and have heart ultrasound and stress test.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
Lab Tests

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Pulmonologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor