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Suggest treatment for pain in heart

im having a really bad pain in my heart right now but its freaking me out how fast it started beating for no reason and i feel like i cant get a good deep breath and feel like i need to really bad..my heart is pounding and it hurts...is this a heart attack? is there something i should do im trying to take shallow breathes since the deep ones i have the erge to take r making it much much worse, im trying ot relax myself shutting my eyes n trying to mentally slow my heart rate..whats going on? this has been happening often lately and for about a year now on and off.
Tue, 9 May 2017
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Cardiologist 's  Response
Hello!

Welcome on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that it may be a real expression of excessive anxiety episodes. As your chest complains doesn't let you taking deep breaths, it is more likely to be due of that. This explains also the appearance of tachycardia and palpitations.

Nevertheless, I recommend performing a careful medical check up by your attending doctor including a careful physical exam, a resting ECG and some lab tests (complete blood count to investigate for possible anemia, fasting blood glucose, chest X ray study, blood electrolytes level, and if necessary a cardiac ultrasound).

Meanwhile, try to engage in more outdoor recreational activities, more physical activities, less stimulating factors like caffeinated drinks, avoid close smoking contacts, etc.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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