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I am having sharp chest pains

I'm 21 years old... no history of heart disease with myself or anything... but am having sharp chest pains now
My heart is beating a little fast... or harder than normal it seems... could it be a heart attack? Anxiety? I'm scared of having a heart attack but I don't know... I've had the pain for about 45 minutes now. I worry/am anxious a lot but this is the 1st time I've felt chest pains like this. If it helps, I don't have high blood pressure and am actually a little underweight for my age. I smoke though. Oh and no I don't use cocaine or other illegal drugs.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Unless you have other symptoms such as cold sweats nausea, light headed. you are not having a heart attack. It is probably a panic attack. Get out and walk or run off the adrenalen that your body has released into the blood stream as a result of the attack. that is what is making your heart race and your chest hurt. Panic attacks are scary and common but not life threatening. They come on suddenly, giving you a sense of impending death... learn to control them before they control you. relax
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