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Chest tightness, need to focus on breathing,smoking since several years, stress, panic attacks, heart palpitations. Is this problem anxiety related?

I am 25 years old and have been experiencing chest tightness every day for a few months. It s definitely not a pain and it s generalized over my breast area. I don t necessarily feel short of breath, but at times I feel that I need to focus on breathing (if that makes any sense ). I have been a smoker for 10 years but I am also currently enrolled in a rigorous academic program and am prone to stress . I have experienced a couple panic attacks since beginning the program and have also been experiencing heart palpitations every now and then. I exercise regularly and eat well. I am assuming this problem is probably anxiety-related but would like a second opinion. Thanks
Asked On : Mon, 9 Apr 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Your symptoms could be anxiety-related. Anxiety can manifest itself with not only psychological symptoms, but with physical symptoms also. If you are having recurrent such symptoms or having difficulty managing your stress, then I would advise you consult a psychiatrist for a detailed psychological assessment and further treatment. There are effective treatment options - in the form of medication or counselling / psychotherapy which will help you overcome your problems.

Wish you all the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 29 Oct 2012
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