Heart & Cardiology/Recurring Chest Pains


I am only 23 years old, i am an athlete and I don't exercise every day. Several years ago I began experiencing chest pains at more or less random times and for random durations. It feels as if I have a lightning bolt jumping around in my chest. It typically is on the left side but just above the solarplexis area. They have lasted anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes before. I used to eat fairly unhealthy foods, but I have dramatically improved what I eat i the past couple months. The only reason I am posting this is because both times I have gone to see a doctor they have been unable to find the problem but I am still experiencing these "attacks" fairly frequently. I am currently having one that has lasted for roughly 3 minutes or so. I can still function during these attacks but I have a little bit harder time breathing or focusing due to the pain. Also during these I feel significantly weaker and my hands can barely grip things. Since I am only 23 years old, I am fairly sure I'm not having a. Heart attack or anything too similar which is why I've never admitted myself to a hospital during an attack. I hope this is enough information to help you. Thank you.    -Caleb

Hi Caleb,
It is very unlikely your symptoms are cardiac. You should check first whether you are at risk:
Your risk:
Hope this helps,
Dr T

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