Heart & Cardiology/chest pain

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Greetings. Yesterday was a normal day. I felt fine. then out of the blue I began having chest pains right in the middle of my chest, right below my breasts. It hurt really bad, so I put an aspirin under my tongue and let it dissolve. It took a bit, but slowly the pain subsided. I thought I would be fine. Then, it was like it came back with a vengeance. It really, really hurt, I broke out in a cold sweat and from what people said, I was very pale. After a bit, it slowly stopped. I have read many of your questions/answers here on this webpage. No, it was not sore to the touch. No, I did not have pain or numbness down my arms or back and neck. I was a smoker for 30 years, but have quit now for a year and a half. (best thing I ever did.) I also had the gum disease for many years, but have had teeth pulled now as of 3 years. I am also way into menopause for about four years, so I dont think they were hot flashes as I dont have them any more. I know these are all factors, which is why I included them for background. Afterwards, I went home and have Dr. visit scheduled for next week. This happened about 3 years ago, same thing. Got tested by cardiologist, received one normal, two abnormal and they sent me home on aspirin regimen to just "wait and see." I have been fine, until yesterday.

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Hi Karla,
Coronary artery disease needs to be excluded. Whether you should see your doctor sooner is a judgment but I'd suggest sooner rather than later. Please read these links:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/coronary-artery-disease-and-angina
http://www.cardiachealth.org/coronary-artery-disease-women
http://www.cardiachealth.org/cardiovascular-health-factors-atherosclerosis-treat
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiachealth.org/

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