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Chest and forearm area pain, episodes of atrial fibrillation, tightness. What is the reason?

While jogging, I'm fine for about 1/4 of a mile and then I get this wierd feeling in my chest and in my forearm area. I stop and start to walk and it goes away. If I try to start jogging again no matter how slow, it comes back within 200 yards. I'm 57 and have had an episode of atrial fibrillation before. It's not the butterfly feeling, it's more like a rising tightness that will get worse if I do not stop jogging.
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Your symptoms are related to effort - it is typical of Coronary Artery Disease, unless proved otherwise... You need a stress EKG - preferably with thallium isotope - as early as possible.

You have not stated your age, gender, personal habits, family history or co-morbidities
A thorough history and physical examination is the first step -

EKG / HOLTER (24 to 48 hour ambulatory monitoring) / ECHOcardiogram / LABORATORY work-up – may all be necessary for further assessment and assistance.
The treating doctor may suggest them depending on need, based on his assessment of the situation

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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