Heart & Cardiology/Heart problems


Hi there

For 3 weeks now since coming back from a holiday abroad I have been experiencing pain in the heart area (which the doctor has confirmed is tender to the touch), shortness of breath which gets worse when I stand up or exert myself, extreme fatigue and muscle spasms.

I have been mostly bed bound. The doctor came to my house and listened with a stethoscope and said that my heart sounded ok so just to rest and see.

I'm worried as I have to be at rest and even at rest I find it difficult to talk without gasps for air in between words. I've never had anything like this before so if you could advise me on what it could be if indeed anything I would really appreciate it. Due to the stethoscope examination being ok I can't get referred to a heart specialist.

Thanks a lot


Hi Melissa, http://myheart.net/articles/angina-or-some-other-chest-pain/ http://myheart.net/articles/what-kind-of-chest-pain-is-it/ http://myheart.net/articles/still-more-types-of-chest-pain/

The kind of pain and symptoms you mention are not typical for heart disease. The kind of pain with heart blockages would be a pressure type pain that worsens on exertion and gets better with rest, sometimes radiating to the jaw or left arm. Of course there can be atypical symptoms too. The fact that the area is tender to the touch makes it very unlikely that this would be related to the heart.

It worth going and seeing a dr again if the symptoms persist, especially since they are new. A chest X-ray may help to look at lung issues and if thats ruled out and you have shortness of breath and fatigue, tests such as an EKG and an echocardiogram may be warranted.

Above i linked some articles that detail the different types of chest pains,

Hope that was helpful,

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