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What causes chest discomfort?

I am a 43 year old female, ex-smoker on HRT. For the past few months I ve been getting a really strange feeling right in the middle of my chest - the best way of describing it is like the feeling you get when someone, or something, makes you jump . It s as though I ve been frightened of something or I ve been hit in the middle of the chest - but from the inside. It can happen at any time of the day, but most frequently at night when I m trying to sleep. Can you please help because I m getting really scared that I m about to die?
Wed, 7 Jun 2017
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I would like to tell you that it can be unstable angina in which you are getting chest discomfort at any time of the day. Notice if you also feel breathless during the episode or when you lie straight.

It's advisable for you to personally consult a cardiologist as soon as possible. Get your ECG and echocardiography done. Ask your doctor if you are fit for stress test. These tests will give you an idea if there is any underlying heart disease. Don't worry you are not going to die because of these symptoms. You can put yourself on a healthy diet and more of physical activity to prevent heart disease.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Navneet Mahajn
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