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A 38-year-old female asked:

I notice chest pain only when i bend over to pick up something up off the floor. no chest pain any other time. but when i bend over it takes my breath away. i take omeprazole for gerd. no history of heart problems and no other signs symptoms of heart p

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Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 33 years experience
Chest : Chest pain is a symptom that causes great concern for patients, and rightfully so. Chest pain may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition such as a heart attack. Chest pain can also be caused by other problems such as muscle pain or heartburn. Chest pain from angina (heart pain) is often described by patients as pressure, squeezing, or tightness in the chest. It can radiate to the neck, arms, or back. It can be associated with other symptoms such as nausea, sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness, or fainting. Angina can be brought on by exercise, and sometimes relieved with resting. Risk factors for angina include patients with high blood pressure, smoking, a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes. However, some people also describe their angina as feeling like indigestion or heart burn. Classic heartburn can be associated with an acid taste in the mouth, or with regurgitation of acid-tasting fluid into the mouth (reflux), especially if bending over or lying down. Certain foods can contribute to indigestion (chocolate, fatty or fried foods, or coffee for example). Both angina and heartburn cause pain in the middle of the chest. It is important that if you have chest pain and don't know the cause that you contact a physician for consultation. If your symptoms feel like classic heartburn, you can try an antacid, but if you have more concerning symptoms of feeling lightheaded, sweating, nausea, palpitations, or fainting, or if your symptoms are severe or last greater than 20 minutes, you should be evaluated immediately by a physician. If you are concerned you are having angina, you should also take a 325 mg Aspirin (if you have not been told not to use Aspirin by your doctor), as this can improve outcome in patients with heart problems. Any new or persistent chest pain patient should be evaluated by a doctor.
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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Cardiology 54 years experience
Probably esophagus: Chest pain that only occurs when you bend over, and not when you run or carry things upstairs, etc, is very unlikely to be heart-related. It could be gerd even taking omeprazole, or could be related to the rib or xyphoid (the little cartilage at the bottom of the breast bone.
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