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Hollow feeling in chest, occasional dull ache, increased heart rate. What could be this?

I have a hollow empty feeling in my chest, in my sternum area. I also have mild to moderate discomfort and an occasional dull ache in the centre of my back, that radiates out to my shoulders. I feel slightly nauseous, and unwell. I also noticed my heart rate will increase for no apparent reason. My normal heart rate is between 70-80 bpm. It's been as high as 113 today. This has been going on for about 12 hours.
Asked On : Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Dear Ma'm

Thanks for writing to us.

1. A pain which comes on exertion/running/ using stairs/emotional stress and relieves at rest can be anginal (heart related) pain. A pain not coming on exercise/running/carrying weights but increasing on pressing locally, which lasts for less than a minute is not likely to be anginal.
2. Whenever There is a high heart rate (like~113 beats/min), we tend to look for a stimulus which can cause this like anxiety, coffee, fever, stress, tea, smoking, thyroid disorder, any infection/ systemic illness, excessive alcohol intake, anemia and deal accordingly. If you have any trouble because of this, you should see your GP.

Overall, whatever details you have provided, i would advise you to see your doctor and proceed as per his/her advise.


sukhvinder singh
Answered: Fri, 3 May 2013
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