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Costochondritis Or Heart Attack
Have fibromyalgia/costochondritis. Terrified of heart attack. Multiple docs say I'm ok. Pains only come on at rest, not during cardio. Is that normal?
1. See cardiologist if not seen and get cardiac workup to reassure no underlying heart disease.
2. Learn yoga breathing exercise to relax.
3. Good night sleep is a key and if have sleeping problem, sleep hygine, keep same sleep-wake cycle, eat properly, daily bowel movement.
4. Mediation may help.
5 see mental health profession if problem persist. ...Read more
Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more
Symptoms today are horrible indigestion, numb arm, shortness of breath, feeling weak. I have costochondritis. Is this normal? Heart attack?
Doubt it, but...: No one symptom definitively indicates a heart attack is or is not in progress (many people make the fatal mistake of waiting out atypical heart pain). In fact, "heart pain" is often indistinguishable from esophageal, pericardial, mediastinal, gastric, & chest wall distress. By the same token, where in your gut you have problems may result in very different sensations. See doctor to be reassured. ...Read more
Character of pain: If pain is alongside your breast bone (sternum) and is worsened by pressing along the ribs there, or worsened by coughing or deep breathing, more likely costochondritis and less likely heart attack. .. If worsened by activity, and associated with nausea, sweating, arm or neck pain, lightheadedness, shortness of breath and not with touching the ribs near the sternum, then possibly angina. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heart Attack: Costochondritis is inflammation of the bone to cartilage of the sternum (breastbone). The pain is worse when you push on this area. A heart attack on the other hand is from the heart muscle not getting enough blood supply (and oxygenated blood). Heart attack pain is not made worse by pressing on the sternum. It often feels like a huge pressure on the chest, and may radiate into the jaw or arm ...Read more
Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation along the breast bone where the cartilage attaches to bone. Does it hurt to press on your sternum? If so, that suggests Costochondritis. Heart attack symptoms often involve a pressure feeling on the chest, nausea, shortness of breath, pain in the haw or the arm. When in doubt, seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more
Does using voltaren (diclofenac) gel for costochondritis increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.?
I was diagnosed with costochondritis. How can I distinguish the sharp pain I have all the time vs a heart attack? Also my heart seems to race at times
Physical exam: Physical exam is usually beneficial in differentiating between the two. Palpating on the costchondral junction should completely reproduce the symptoms of costochondritis, where it won't at all for a cardiac event. Certainly if there is concern, a cardiac workup can be done to rule out a cardiac cause. ...Read more
Costochondritis is not going away. All the NSAID and anti inflammatory do not work. I keep thinking costo will eventually lead to a heart attack?
Was having sever chest pain today. I feared it was a heart attack. I figured it was costochondritis or returning pericarditis. What to do? 18 y/o
Definitely see a DR: This complaint requires a face to face visit to evaluate all aspects of your history and physical. As it turns out the best place to go is to an emergency room for history, physical, EKG and other tests if appropriate. Good luck. ...Read more
Was having severe chest pain today. I feared it was a heart attack. I figured it was costochondritis or returning pericarditis. What to do? 18 y/o
Seek Help: You are too young to have a heart attack although not knowing your complete history along with family history, I would recommend seeing a cardiologist regarding your concerns. ...Read more
Does costochondritis really feel like your having a heart attack? So how can I know which one? Normal 2decho, ecg, stress test, chest xray
Revascularization: The only way to stop a myocardial infarction is to re open the obstructed or nearly obstructed coronary artery. That is why if the coronary artery can be reopened within minutes after the obstruction the early and long term survival is improved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
good personal habits
monitor blood pressure
check cholesterol and general physical features
know your family history
the atherosclerosis is established over time and deposits and gets to the critical stage and clots, or the plaque disrupts like a trap door causing acute blockage and threatened or damaged heart muscle. ...Read more
Sudden blockage: Heart attack occurs when there is a mismatch between amount of oxygen the heart needs and amount it can get through the blood vessels. A sudden blockage can occur when cholesterol deposits in the arteries break off and expose tissue that causes clots to form. That is a heart attack. The degree of damage is related to the area supplied by the occluded vessel, the specific location and duration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer