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I'm not overweight. But I breathe heavily. Is something wrong with my lungs?

I'm not overweight. But I breathe heavily. Is something wrong with my lungs?

Or your heart: Breathing heavily may be a sign of lung disease, but can also be a sign of heart disease, and need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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My husbands oxygen level came at 93% he is overweight and feels shortness of breath on exertion. He has no lung desease.feels headache most of the tim?

My husbands oxygen level came at 93% he is overweight and feels shortness of breath on exertion. He has no lung desease.feels headache most of the tim?

Obstruct SLEEP APNEA: He appears to have obstructive sleep apnea. This is where the airway is blocked when he sleeps. This leads to decreased oxygen in the blood and the tissues and a rise in CO2 which causes headache and in the long term early dementia, difficulty losing weight, and elevated blood pressure. It can also lead to heart disease. This is a serious condition. Needs sleep study and see lung MD. ...Read more

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I often experience chest pain right in the middle of my chest. What could this be? The chest pain does lasts a few seconds and is quite sharp. It happens every few days, sometimes more than once a day. I am a 26 year old female and I am not overweight and

I often experience chest pain right in the middle of my chest. What could this be? The chest pain does lasts a few seconds and is quite sharp. It happens every few days, sometimes more than once a day. I am a 26 year old female and I am not overweight and

There : There are many different reasons why you might be experiencing chest pains. One of the most worrisome reasons patients experience chest pains is that they have a blockage in one or more of their heart arteries. Atherosclerosis is a disease of the blood vessel where plaque or fatty deposits grow inside the blood vessels and restrict blood flow to the heart muscle. This typically creates a presure or burning or tightness in the chest area which could radiate to the left shoulder or arm, neck, or jaw. Often it worsens with exertion and improves with rest. The most common risk factors leading to these blockages include smoking, diabetes, a close family member with this disease, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. If you are 26, of normal weight, a non-smoker, without diabetes or high cholesterol and your parents do not have coronary artery disease, it is quite unlikely that you have this problem. Much more likely this is due to some other reason. Stress can cause many symptoms in our bodies such as head aches, upset stomach, and anxious feelings. Stress can also cause chest pains. If your symptoms continue or worsen, i would urge you to make contact with your doctor for an appointment to discuss this further. ...Read more

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I get winded easily. But I'm not over weight. Actually almost under weight. Is something wrong with my lungs?

I get winded easily. But I'm not over weight. Actually almost under weight. Is something wrong with my lungs?

Mgt: There are many causes of being short of breath. I would suggest a cardio-pulmonary work up. Do you have any other symptoms, including cough, rash, swelling? Have you had chest imaging, pulmonary function testing? A virtual inbox consultation can help in the evaluation. ...Read more

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I have costochondritis and I am overweight. When i exercise my chest gets painful. What can I do to decrease the pain? I've tried anti-inflammatories.

I have costochondritis and I am overweight. When i exercise my chest gets painful. What can I do to decrease the pain? I've tried anti-inflammatories.

Magnesium oil: Transdermal magnesium oil topically on skin can block substance p the mediator of pain. Zinc is also helpful. To lose weight try eating 6 small meals a day with fresh vegetables, high quality low fat protein like beans or fish, and small amounts of colorful tart fruits. Get a good night sleep, lower stress and move through the day avoiding movements that cause pain. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have gynecomastia or just chest fat because i'm overweight?

How can I tell if I have gynecomastia or just chest fat because i'm overweight?

Lose weight!: Glandular gynecomastia does not "go away" with weight loss; plastic surgical excision is required (not liposuction). Fatty gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction, and ultrasonic lipo is a good option. Either way, losing weight will improve you and your chest! ...Read more

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Burning sen. across chest. ER said tests were normal and cardio dr said not to worry. 21/F. overweight. angio showed nothing wrong.

Burning sen. across chest. ER said tests were normal and cardio dr said not to worry. 21/F. overweight. angio showed nothing wrong.

Esophageal spasm?: Could be related to reflux disease and/or a spasm of your esophagus. May need a GI consultation, and some testing. These are rarely dangerous, but getting a diagnosis will at least give you peace of mind. Treatment is possible with medication and even endoscopic or surgical procedures depending on the case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can losing 3-4lbs help your les I'm overweight & I have constant chest pains from acid reflux had a habit of eating & laying down & chocolate etc...

Can losing 3-4lbs help your les I'm overweight & I have constant chest pains from acid reflux had a habit of eating & laying down & chocolate etc...

No, but...: It's better than not losing any weight. However, in the grand scheme of things, 4 pounds won't change any symptoms. But, it's a good start. One can continue eating "less than needed to live on", and her excessive weight will continue to decrease. It's plain physics: if she takes in fewer calories than her body requires, then her body will start burning stored fat to use for calories. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and hit puberty 2-3 years ago, Im also overweight, I have chest fat and hardness under nipple, do I have pseudogynecomastia or pubertal gyne?

I'm 16 and hit puberty 2-3 years ago, Im also overweight, I have chest fat and hardness under nipple, do I have pseudogynecomastia or pubertal gyne?

Probably both. All : teens need annual check-ups to address health, lifestyle, emotional & social issues. If your Body Mass Index is 95th%ile or higher, your GP will check for obesity-related disorders & do what's needed to help you get healthy, if you're willing to do the work. Gynecomastia of puberty goes away on its own; obesity does not. ...Read more

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I ate a lot of sugary foods today and I am now experiencing chest tightness and pain. I'm not overweight and I'm fairly sure I'm not diabetic. Causes?

I ate a lot of sugary foods today and I am now experiencing chest tightness and pain. I'm not overweight and I'm fairly sure I'm not diabetic. Causes?

Unrelated: Sugary foods are not the cause of your distress. Like anyone your age , your pain is either related to a gastrointestinal or musculo-skeletal cause. Coronary disease in a 21 year old female is too rare to consider seriously. I see you're taking prednisone. A common side effect is abdominal pain. Is your chest pain kind of down low -like maybe coming from your tummy? ...Read more

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Not overweight, just started cardio. noticed a dull pain in center of chest that comes and goes all the time for a couple of minutes for weeks, heart?

Not overweight, just started cardio. noticed a dull pain in center of chest that comes and goes all the time for a couple of minutes for weeks, heart?

Best to be sure.: This pain may not be cardiac in origin, but in the context of the initiation of your cardio routine, it would be best to get a treadmill-based stress test, preferably a stress echo, just to be sure. Better safe, right? ...Read more

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Can exercising help acid reflux if you are overweight & you eat and lay down I have chest pain for a month now.. Don't have heart problems had checked?

Can exercising help acid reflux if you are overweight & you eat and lay down I have chest pain for a month now.. Don't have heart problems had checked?

GERD and obesity.: although some patients have reflux after having exercise, in the long run, exercise will make your reflux better if you are able to use it to help get your weight under control. Obesity certainly matters in GERD. If you're having frequent symptoms, you may need to be on medication and anti-reflux measures, to help control it until you can get your weight down. See your doctor for advice. Good luck ...Read more

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Age 45 f , 30-year smoker, mod. Overweight with occasional chest pain. Chest xray the 1st test a doc should order? Haven't been to a doc/gyn in 20 y.

Age 45 f , 30-year smoker, mod. Overweight with occasional chest pain. Chest xray the 1st test a doc should order? Haven't been to a doc/gyn in 20 y.

Too simplistic: You have several things that need to be looked into. There is no first test. The dr needs to get a detailed history and perform a thorough physical. You need a mammogram, pap smear, chest x-ray, ecg, and a some blood work. Issues to be looked into includ diabetes, lung diseases, heart diseases, breast ca, and cervical ca and more. You should see a doctor and get checked out. ...Read more

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I am a 26 year old woman, overweight and don't smoke. 4 mths. ago I developed this almost constant dull ache in the left side of my chest w sporadic shootting pains and burning. EKG, x-ray, blood, stress test, & mini echo were fine. Troponin i < 0.02?

Unlikely cardiac: At your age the protest probability is very low that your pain is cardiac. Minor troponin elevations can occur for multiple reasons. Getting a full work up looking for non cardiac causes is advisable especially if symptoms are persistent. ...Read more

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I am a 32 year old male. I'm not overweight. Rapid heart rate. Flip flopping in chest. Nausea. Dizziness. Shortness of breath. Can't run. Pain. ?

I am a 32 year old male. I'm not overweight. Rapid heart rate. Flip flopping in chest. Nausea. Dizziness. Shortness of breath. Can't run. Pain. ?

Cardiac irregularity: You may be developing blockage in your coronary arteries or you likely have cardiac arrhythmia. This may be a manifestation of abnormal thyroid or more serious conditions, talk to your primary care doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I have a big and pointy chest, I am not obese or overweight, i was concerned that I have chest fat or gynecomastia ? I work out on regular bases

I have a big and pointy chest, I am not obese or overweight, i was concerned that I have chest fat or gynecomastia ? I work out on regular bases

Male chest concerns: If your concern is of the breast and not the sternum, you may have gynecomastia. Many males have a period of this in their late teens or late middle age. If this problem has been established for a number of years, a surgical remedy is likely the key. If this is new, see your primary care doctor for a testicular exam and screening. Marijuana, xtc, steroids, supplements and alcohol can cause. ...Read more

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Overweight (Definition)

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