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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 7/13/2012 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Had to stop Googling cause it was driving me crazy. LOL Thought I'd come here and see what you guys and gals had to say.

I'm a 57 year old smoker - 20 pounds over weight - and am in fairly good physical shape... or so I think. I walk three miles 7 days a week with a small amount of situps and stuff before my walks. I don't take the elevator at the office and walk up and down two flights of stairs several times a day.

Anyway, about a week ago, I had a very noticeable pain in the center of my chest. The pain shot up my throat to about my adam's apple and then up both sides of my face where my jaw bones meets my ears. So, I had four noticeable areas of pain->Center Chest - Throat and the end of my Jaw. The "path" to these areas also hurt... The pain was probably a 5 of 6 on a scale of 10. (more than enough to get your attention)

After about ten minutes - all was well. Have to say that this isn't the first time I've been through this. Have maybe been down this road 3 of 4 other times in the last year.. Seems to always happen at home while sitting in my lazyboy recliner.

I did a stress test about 12 years ago and have had a few EKG's in the last few years. All of those results were good. Last blood pressure check a week ago was 107 over 64.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts on this.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/13/2012 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there, I am glad you joined us.
 
I am going to give you sx of angina and also of a heart attack.
 
People with symptoms of angina usually feel discomfort (often a pressure-like pain) in or around the chest, shoulders, jaw, neck, back, or arms. It may feel like a squeezing, pressing sensation in the chest; this pain usually lasts two to five minutes.
 
Other angina symptoms can include:
  • Indigestion or heartburn-type sensation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weakness.

Angina pain is an indication that some of the heart muscle is temporarily not getting enough blood. A heart attack, on the other hand, occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is suddenly and permanently cut off, usually by a blood clot. This can lead to serious heart damage.

Certain symptoms indicate that you are having a heart attack. If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately:
  • Pain or discomfort that is very bad, gets worse, and lasts longer than 20 minutes
  • Pain or discomfort along with weakness, feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, or fainting
  • Pain or discomfort that does not go away when you take angina medicine
  • Pain or discomfort that is worse than you have ever had before.

Then there is a silent heart attack.  A silent heart attack is a heart attack that has few, if any, symptoms. You may have never had any symptoms to warn you that you've developed a heart problem, such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Some people later recall their silent heart attack was mistaken for indigestion, nausea, muscle pain, or a bad case of the flu.

 

IMHO, I think it is time for you to revisit your Dr. at least for an EKG and some lab work.  You will feel better if everything checks out OK and if you should have something going on seeing your Dr. now will allow for prompt treatment.

 

Remember to be your own best advocate and keep us posted on how you are doing.  Also keep in mind that 911 is always you best choice if you feel like you may be having a heart attack as EMS has all the equipment on board to help you right away.  Never feel you should tough out chest pain if it is causing you any symptoms. 

Kindly,

Kitt

 
 
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship" ~ Louisa May Alcott

Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/14/2012 12:29:56 PM (GMT-6)


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 7/14/2012 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
THANK YOU KITT...

I’ve read several similar articles that mentioned the same things you wrote..

But, the Good news/Bad news is that last night it dawned on me that my episodes have been in the evenings "after" dinner.

The piece of chocolate cake I brought home from work and ate last night reminded me why I don’t/shouldn’t eat chocolate. I have a substantial history of having a poor digestive track. Maybe I'l end up in the GERD forum..

I called my GP’s office yesterday but missed them. Will be calling them the first thing on Monday.

Thank you again.

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 7/14/2012 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve,
 
Glad to hear you are doing OK and that you recognized that the awesome chocolate cake may not have been so awesome after all.
 
GERD is frequently the culprit for the sx you are experiencing but I always like to help educate members re chest pain.  Another culprit can be Gallbladder Disease. 
 
You are very welcome to post away in the GERD forum and you will find it is a very busy place as many people have GERD and for some it is devestating.  I have GERD but mine is controlled well as long as I do not eat the wrong foods.  That is not always easy to do as I love frozen custard and it is a huge No-No for me.  redface
 
Be well my friend,
Kitt
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship" ~ Louisa May Alcott
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