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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Can heart disease cause chest soreness?

Could heart disease cause chest soreness to go on for over 2 months? In a overall healthy 26 year old FEMALE, having chest soreness, not pains, just all over soreness for over 2 months, could that be heart issues? She is going to the doctor July 3rd...she had insurance issues that were really messy, but are finally clearing up. At any rate, she quit smoking around this time as welll. The chest issues started a couple weeks after quitting. Also, if you push on her chest, the pain is worse. It is a little scary. Does anyone know the odds of this being heart related? Also, any other suggestions of what this could be? Not looking to diagnose her, just eeze her mind til she can get into the doctor. Anyone know what she can expect at teh dr? Thanks. As requested, I am giving more information. The pain is constant. It can come with her doing nothing at all, and is not made worse by doing anything like walking or any exercise. It is just pretty much always there. The soreness is all along the front of her chest. Sometimes her shoulders and neck will feel tense as well. And often times, if you push on it, it will feel worse. Any suggestions appriciated. Hope this is enough detail.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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I would be the last one to tell you this is not a heart condition if I didn't think there was a chance it was. What I can tell you is the symptoms you are describing are nothing like what I felt prior to being diagnosed with a heart condition or since. With me the pain/discomfort that I felt was never constant. It would peek and subside according to the level of activity I was performing. There were times that I would feel pressure when I was doing nothing but it would usually subside after a while. Nausea also accompanies my episodes. Shortness of breath and light headedness. The amount of food I ate also had a effect on how I felt. As long as I only ate until I was no longer hungry and didn't stuff myself I wouldn't get any dicomfort after eating. Nobody here can diagnose what your friend is going through. Only a Dr who examines her can do that. The only advise I am going to give is if for any reason whatsoever your friend starts to feel worse to the extent that she is having trouble breathing then do not ignore it and don't wait for any darn appointment. Go directly to a ER. If she has trouble funtioning on her own AT ALL call a rescue squad. Do not hesitate. I don't know whether this is something serious or not but I truly believe (based on what I know and have experienced) that what you describe does not sound like it would be an issue with her heart. I'm no Dr though. Wish her well from us...
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