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I have a bad pain all in my chest when i am too much stressed. Is it the sign of heart attack?

I've always been stressed out since I was like 13. Been through a lot of bad experiences. Anyway, could the stress have caught up to me so much to make me have a heart attack? The last three days I've been extremely stressed. I have a history of exercise induced asthma. I thought I was having asthma attacks but the pain is getting worse. It's all in my chest. It feels like someone is performing cpr on me or something. Plus my arms and hands have almost a "numb" feeling or cold feeling. And it's hard to breathe. Could it just be an anxiety attack or a heart attack? It comes and goes.
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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most likely anxiety attack. by your avatar, i take it you are a woman. based on your statement, i take it you are not really old (still menstruating). young woman who has no known heart disease are very unlikely to have heart problem. unless you are a smoker, use birth control, have diabetes, have high blood pressure, and have family member who had heart attack at young age, i would not worry about it much. in fact, i would stop worrying so much, which is probably your problem. having said all that, if you are that concerned, go see a doctor, do a stress test. i would be more inclined to seek help if your symptoms get worse when you exercise (run, lift heavy weights, go up the stairs, etc).
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