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I am having chest tightness and pain

I m having chest tightness and pain. I ve recently had an EKG that was abnormal, I m 22 and they said it was normally found in 60+ year olds. I have to wait until next week to get my ECG Bubble Test to determine exactly what the problem is and how to fix it. I ve been complaining the last 2 months to my doctor of heart palpitations, dizziness and lightheadedness. They hooked me up to a Holter Monitor but I do not know the results of that yet either. I went into the ER the other night, because I was having chest pains and tightness. I ve never had a heart attack lol, so wasn t sure if I should let it go or get it checked out anyway. They did a chest xray and some blood work...and all came out fine. Suggested that I still have the ECG done, but couldn t do anything more for me. I m still having chest pain, it s very umcomfortable but am not sure what to do? It s right in the middle of my chest, isn t heartburn, and feels like someone is just pushing their fist into me.
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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hi,thanks for query.First of all please understand that it the EKG was abnormal,they would have not let you go home if something like heart attack is even suspected.Please do not worry ,you may have something else,please do not worry as you already had an x-ray,ekg,blood work up etc.You doctor will guide further on what to do.Anxiety and stress plays a very important role in this,so please keep patience and keep in contact with your doctor.
wishing you good health.
Answered: Thu, 28 Jul 2011
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Did you know that anxiety attacks sometimes triggers the same kinds of pathological responses that a heart attack does? But the difference between an anxiety attack and a heart attack is that an anxiety attack won't kill you, but a heart attack would. Palpitations, dizziness and lightheadedness can also be caused by excessive stress, genetic deficiences, blood chemistry, even anemia. Sometime ago (about 3 yrs ago), I suffered an attack of trachycardia -- abnormally high heart beat rate, for which I was hospitalized for 3 days. I experienced the same symptoms as yours, though I did feel nauseous and dizzy as well. I felt as if time had become suddenly warped, but I was aware of what I was going through. There was a detached sense that something was happening but wasn't quite sure what. Pathological reports suggested it may have been something I had eaten or maybe even stress. One even went so far as to suggest I had overdosed on sleeping pills! That, however, wasn't the case. Bottomline is, I've experienced anxiety attacks before and came close to a heart attack as well. I know what it feels like to go through both. And yes, I'm young as well. I was 25 when I had that attack.
Answered: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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