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Black outs, chest pains and palpitations. Family history of high blood pressure and heart problems. Anxiety related?

My family have a history of heart problems and high blood pressure , until recently I have always been relatively healthy. Over the past twelve months I have had blacking out episodes, with chest pains which extend to my back area near my right lung and palpitations, I also struggle to catch my breath. The doctor has given me and ECG and also I have had blood taken, however I am slightly worried that the doctor is focusing more on anxiety being the issue than my family history and the my sudden onset of symptoms.
Asked On : Fri, 30 Nov 2012
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Dear patient,

Thanks for your concerns. The most important issue is to determine if you have underlying structural heart disease that may be the cause of your spells, because if it is, then they have to be taken a lot more seriously than if your heart is normal. What it means is that the risk of death is significantly lower if you dont have heart disease explaining your spells. Until extensive investigation has been done, one cannot simply attribute symptoms to anxiety.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Tue, 11 Jun 2013
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