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A 22-year-old male asked:

Having chest pain, shortness of breath(3 months)ekg,echo,stress,ca score,and blood work all normal. what could it be? can i stop worrying about heart?

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Dr. Lee Wittenberg
Podiatry 23 years experience
Chest Pain: If all of your cardiac and blood work is normal, you may be suffering from an inflammatory condition called Costochondritis-inflammation of the tissues surrounding and between your ribs. It could also be peri-carditis or Pleuracy, the inflammation of the lining around the lungs and heart. Ask your doctor to try a Medrol (methylprednisolone) Dose Pack, a 1 week tapered dose of prednisone, which will help those proble
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Dr. Neal Kraus
Hospital-based practice 13 years experience
Unlikely heart: The odds are in your favor significantly that you can stop worrying about your heart. The probability even without such extensive testing for someone your age is very low for your chest pain and shortness of breath being due to a heart abnormality. I would begin looking into pulmonary issues as an alternative; however, I think learning relaxation techniques is more likely to provide benefit.
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Last updated May 22, 2016


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