A 52-year-old female asked:
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i had a mammogram 2 days ago.since then i have felt short of breath and chest pain.can a mammogram cause damage to my heart?i must see a cardiologist?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Different locations: A mammogram does not affect the heart, because the breast is on the outside of the chest, the heart is on the inside of the chest, and the x-ray is not taken through the chest. A patient can contact her primary care doctor, if she coincidentally has some symptoms appearing after getting a mammogram.
Answered on Nov 10, 2016
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Trauma: Since a lot of pressure is applied to the chest cage during a mammogram, you might have sustained some trauma in the process (even more pressure is applied when the breast tissue is cystic or dense). I wonder if your shortness of breath is from anxiety over the chest pain. Try heating pad +/- NSAID and see if these helps If your SOB persists or worsens, best to see your doctor
Answered on Nov 12, 2016
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