Chest Pain years after surgery and abblation

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paulwk
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   Posted 3/7/2011 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! A little background on me: I'm a 41 year old male, who has had two aortic valve replacements. The first was porcine at 29, and the last one was just over two years ago, which is mechanical. This was followed by an ablation for heart fluttering.

At the beginning of February I started to have some wild palpitations, which I contributed to taking too many supplements, so I cut them out. I also decreased my caffeine and alcohol intake. Everything seemed to smooth out until about two weeks ago. That's when I started to have some pain in the middle of my chest. This scared me, as it's the same kind of pain I've had before having to have my AVR's. My wife can still hear the valve ticking, so I chalked it up to a bad fall I had, in which I thought I hurt my sternum. However the pain is still popping up when I exert myself, or eat too much food at dinner.

Has anyone else experienced something like this, that didn't turn out to be valve related? Could the return of fluttering or arrhythmia cause chest pain? I just have a sinking feeling that it's the valve and my 3rd AVR. Something that stresses me greatly.

Alcie
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   Posted 3/7/2011 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I had what I thought was a heart attack - pain mid-sternum - after a bad wreck in which the seat belt and airbag hit me mid-chest hard. I'd had a heart attack a few years before, and the pain was in exactly the same place. I just didn't have the radiating pain down the left arm. It turned out to be a hiatal hernia - seen on CT scan. The eating too much might be the clue.

Of course it COULD be heart-related, so see the cardiologist first. I get pain from arrhythmias and tachycardia episodes too. But if it's not that you might get a gastroenterologist to check you out. The gastro might want to do an endoscopy - looking down your throat - but that's not always the best way to see a hiatal hernia. I'd ask for a CT or a barium swallow.
Alcie
 
 

paulwk
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   Posted 3/7/2011 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply! I have a call into my surgeon's nurse. She's very friendly and knowledgeable. I'm sure she's going to tell me to get to the Cardiologist, but I just want to hear that it could be something other than my valve.

BTW, I don't think it's from the fall though. The pain started several weeks after the fall. That's just the kind of state of denial I am in.
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