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A 28-year-old female asked:

the other day i had chest pain and felt like i had a big elephant sitting on me. is that a anxiety attack?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Likely: But you need to see a doctor to rule out other causes and get treated.
Dr. Diana Metzger
Cardiology 30 years experience
Maybe, but...: At 28 year of age, not likely to have coronary disease, but other things such as pulmonary embolism are still possible. The time to get it checked is when the symptoms occur. Factors that make it more essential to get checked immediately include worsening when more demand on heart/lungs (exertion), associated with difficulty breathing, palpitations, lightheadied, or inappropriate sweating.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Possible: But could represent other causes that need further evaluation.
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Maybe...: ...Or it could be something else. Are you overweight or even obese? Heart disease can strike at any age. If you fee like you are very anxious, it may have been a panic attack. See your physician for a proper evaluation and he or she may direct you to a psychologist if needed.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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