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Could I be having a heart attack ?

Okay, so I m 17 years old and the past week I think, I ve been having chest pains. It s usually only when I move a certain way, like if I hunch over or turn my upper body. Today about three hours ago my left arm started hurting, it only hurts when I lift my arm up though and it s by my shoulder/upper arm. I m not exactly the most healthy eater but I eat noodles a lot and I only drink water and I don t exercise but I m really tiny. I ve had chest pains before, almost a year ago and was checked out but I was fine, I had chest x-rays and blood tests done. I also have major anxiety , I ve had it for about 6/7 months and I m on medication daily for it. I know it s rare for teens to have them, but it is possible. So could I be having a heart attack or could it be anxiety/stressed related?
Mon, 4 Apr 2011
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It does nt looks to be heart attack. At least from the kind of complaints you have put across.

I may be one of the complaints due to your anxiety. Gastric problem, muscular problem, may be respiratory and least likely heart related.

But nothing can be told for sure, without evaluating.
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