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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 9/14/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Guys


I don't know whether to see a doctor about this or not. Ive been having some discomfort in my chest. It feels as though there is a pressure point on my heart. When i take deep breaths it helps it to go, but then it seems to come back. I have had sharp pains in my my heart but it never stayed for longer than one minute. my heat rate seems normal. Im just wondering about early signs. I know i seem to be a bit of a hypochondriac but that has happened since I have had UC. My dad has a heart condition so this is also why im wondering.


Ive never had sharp pains in my arm but ive had them in my hand. Yes I am a hypochondriac but do you guys think this is early signs of a heart problems.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 9/26/2009 8:35:39 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/26/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   


The American Heart Association and other medical experts say the body likely will send one or more of these warning signals of a heart attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
  • Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms. The pain may be mild to intense. It may feel like pressure, tightness, burning, or heavy weight. It may be located in the chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw, or inside the arms or shoulders.
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
  • Anxiety, nervousness and/or cold, sweaty skin.
  • Paleness or pallor.
  • Increased or irregular heart rate.
  • Feeling of impending doom.

Not all of these signs occur in every attack.

Angina is another cardiac problem that causes chest pain. Angina is a type of chest pain or discomfort caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle.

Angina symptoms include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back accompanying chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness

The chest pain and discomfort common with angina may be described as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. Some people with angina symptoms describe angina as feeling like a vise is squeezing their chest, or feeling like a heavy weight has been placed on their chest.

Stable angina lasts a short time, perhaps five minutes or less and may disappear sooner if you rest.

If these are new sx for you I would encourage you to see your physician for a medical screening exam to rule out any cardiac reasons for you new sx.

I wish you well,



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