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heart attack? at 19?

ok, my grandfather had heart problems but not till his 30's or 40's, my dad hasnt had any yet, although he does have high cholesterol. im 19, and i have these sharp pains in my chest, usually toward the center, maybe every few weeks, and today they went from there to my left shoulder, and then up the left side of my neck. it wasnt anything that made me drop to my knees or anything, but it deffinetly stopped me, is this a heart attack? and i did smoke for maybe a year as well, and when i do exercise, i find myself unusually breathless, as i used to be very energetic a few years back, but it seems as if i dont have half the breath i used to have.
Fri, 26 Aug 2011
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Hi,
Thanks for query,
Age is no bar of having heart problem.
From your history it strongly doubt about some coronary problem.
Go for ECG to rule out coronary pain.
Go for blood sugar and lipid profile.
Consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Ok and bye.
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These pains, alone, are unlikely to be a heart attack since a heart attack also has other symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea. The pains could be angina, which is a warning sign that the heart is not getting enough oxygen, but more likely, you are experiencing some sort of muscle spasm. Since the symptoms could be heart related, its a good idea to follow up with a doctor visit. Otherwise, muscle spasms are sometimes caused by dehydration or low levels of magnesium. You can eliminate many muscle spasms by remaining hydrated and taking a magnesium supplement at breakfast and dinner.
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