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A 19-year-old male asked:

I get slight chest pains near the heart when i take a deep breath or inhale while stretching. it happens 45% of the time. what could that be?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Charpie
Pediatric Cardiology 32 years experience
It depends: There are many causes of chest pain with deep breathing. Pleurisy is an inflammation of the membrane lining the chest wall and surrounding the lungs that often leads to sharp chest pain when you take a deep breath, sneeze or cough. In young healthy people, a respiratory infection (viral or bacterial) may cause pleurisy. Other common causes of chest pain are chest muscle strain and costochondritis.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Chest pain : Usually indicates irritation in muscle between the ribs. Sometimes can be from deeper structures like covering over lungs.

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