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Acne and drinking, and also chest pains I have a direct family history of heart disease and heart problems on my dad's side of the family. My dad died from a massive heart attack in 2009. His mother did in 2004. His dad had one the same year in 2004 but he

Acne and drinking, and also chest pains I have a direct family history of heart disease and heart problems on my dad's side of the family. My dad died from a massive heart attack in 2009. His mother did in 2004. His dad had one the same year in 2004 but he

You: You have extremely high blood pressure – a hypertensive crisis is often defined by a systolic blood pressure of 180 or higher or a diastolic blood pressure of 120 or higher. Blood pressure this high can damage blood vessels or lead to a stroke.
With a blood pressure as high as you have reported, you should seek immediate medical attention. Treatment for blood pressure this high may include hospitalization for treatment with intravenous (IV) medications.
I am very concerned that you will not live to be 50 unless you begin to control the risk factors that contribute to your mortality risk — smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and alcohol consumption, if it is excessive. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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Can excessive gas, center chest pain, and HR increases of up to 40 BPM from sitting to standing be a sign of heart disease?

Can excessive gas, center chest pain, and HR increases of up to 40 BPM from sitting to standing be a sign of heart disease?

Heart racing: You have symptoms than can be related to the heart or to the stomach or even the nervous system. Best to be seen by a medical professional. ...Read more

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Shooting pain in left arm for 2 days. No chest pain. What could this be, other than a pinched nerve? Could it be sign of heart disease?

Shooting pain in left arm for 2 days. No chest pain. What could this be, other than a pinched nerve? Could it be sign of heart disease?

Not likely heart: Shooting pain is most often associated with a nerve problem, as you suggested. It is rare to find heart problems in your age group, and shooting pains rarely reflect heart disease in any patient group. So a cardiac cause is most unlikely. ...Read more

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To add to my previous question. Would very mild chest pain and sometimes pain in arm for a few days be sign of heart disease? Norm Stress/ECHO/HM.27-30

To add to my previous question. Would very mild chest pain and sometimes pain in arm for a few days be sign of heart disease? Norm Stress/ECHO/HM.27-30

It can be.: It's certainly possible. Chest pain and arm pain, especially left arm pain can be symptoms of underlying heart disease. You should be evaluated by your doctor and possibly a cardiologist. ...Read more

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I am 30 years old and I have been experiencing swelling in my hands, chest discomfort, and body aches. Could this be signs of heart disease?

I am 30 years old and I have been experiencing swelling in my hands, chest discomfort, and body aches. Could this be signs of heart disease?

No: Heart disease does not cause swelling of the hands. More likely you have fluid retention related to hormonal influences. Body aches are a common complaint and non-specific. If they respond to Ibuprofen or naproxen, no further evaluation is indicated. Otherwise, a rheumatological diagnosis should be pursued. Best wishes, Elizabeth. ...Read more

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What is diabetic heart disease? Are dizziness, shortness of breath, cold tips of finders and chest pain strong indicatros of diabetic heart disease?

All: All of these can be symptoms of cardiology, and diabetes dramatically increases the risk of cardiology. Chest pain, shortness of breath, and associated dizziness can all be symptoms of angina, which is caused by narrowing or blockages in the coronary arteries. Angina might also be accompanied by excessive sweating, nausea, or fatigue. Cold finger tips may be a symptom of poor circulation to the hands, which can be caused by atherosclerosis in the peripheral arties or also by diabetic nerve disease. If you have these symptoms, whether or not you have diabetes, you should definitely see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have heavy feeling in my chest. I have chest pains that come in sequence w my heart beat it seems. Could this be a URI or heart disease?

I have heavy feeling in my chest. I have chest pains that come in sequence w my heart beat it seems. Could this be a URI or heart disease?

See doctor!: You need an evaluation by a doctor asap! Go to the er or call 911. Chest heaviness could be a heart attack, until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about chest pains if I don't have a family history of heart disease?

Should I be concerned about chest pains if I don't have a family history of heart disease?

Yes: Particularly if you have other risk factors for coronary artery disease: smoking, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and sedentary lifestyles.
In any event: ALL chest pain should receive an evaluation by your primary/ family physician! ...Read more

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Can I have heart disease even if I don't have any symptoms? I am a 65-year-old woman with several of the risk factors for developing heart disease, but don't have any symptoms like chest pain or difficulty with breathing, could I have heart disease withou

Can I have heart disease even if I don't have any symptoms? I am a 65-year-old woman with several of the risk factors for developing heart disease, but don't have any symptoms like chest pain or difficulty with breathing, could I have heart disease withou

Yes, you: Yes, you certainly can. An individual can even suffer from a heart attack without knowing it. 25% of people who have a heart attack have a "silent" event (they didn't know it was happening). The best thing to do is to see your doctor to be screened. Take care. ...Read more

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Per PCP, I have a low LDL levels so I shouldn't worry about heart disease and stated that my chest pain is due to stress. Could this be right?

Per PCP, I have a low LDL levels so I shouldn't worry about heart disease and stated that my chest pain is due to stress. Could this be right?

Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain and some are not serious but others can be fatal so it is prudent to get checked out. The risk of heart attack is related to age, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, diabetes, family history, and other factors. Even low-risk patients can have serious heart problems, though, so if you are concerned do not ignore this symptom. ...Read more

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I have heart disease & recently have slight stinging pains in the middle of my chest. Is that serious?

I have heart disease & recently have slight stinging pains in the middle of my chest. Is that serious?

Probably not: Stinging pain is an atypical description for heart related pain but if it is brought on by exertion and relieved by rest, you should discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can teens have heart disease? What is the main cause of chest pain in teena?

Not likely heart: Heart disease in a healthy teenager is of low likelihood unless there is strong family history and/or risk factors such as tobacco abuse, cocaine abuse, etc. Common causes of chest pain in an otherwise healthy teenager are anxiety, costochrondritis, or acid reflux. Very athletic teenagers (e.g. football or basketball players) can develop cardiomyopathy but it rarely presents as chest pain. ...Read more

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Pain in my chest beteew my brest and shortness of breath. Heart disease runs on my dads side of the family.

Pain in my chest beteew my brest and shortness of breath. Heart disease runs on my dads side of the family.

Chest pain: If heart disease is in your genes and you are a smoker with chest pain, you should see your
doctor and get checked out......And stop smoking. ...Read more

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Can gastroenteritis (without vomiting) cause chest pain or lead to heart disease?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Heart disease doesn't run in my fam, norm wt, BMI of 21. Bp 100/60, labs good, many normal ekgs, normal xrays. Still get chest and back pain, anxiety?

Heart disease doesn't run in my fam, norm wt, BMI of 21. Bp 100/60, labs good, many normal ekgs, normal xrays. Still get chest and back pain, anxiety?

Could be: Or could be from reflux or musculoskeletal source or respiratory symptoms (--why are you smoking up to 2 packs a day?). If your dr. Has ruled out heart or endocrine source for symptoms, then ask about these other options. Once serious and specific-treatment sources eliminated, then can relax if / when it shows up. ...Read more

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Aside from chest pain, what can suggest you have heart disease?

Aside from chest pain, what can suggest you have heart disease?

Many things: Among the more common are shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, prolonged low grade fever, unexplained weight loss, nausea, dizziness (light headedness), fainting, palpitations, profuse unexplained sweating, pallor. There may be other subtle non-specific symptoms but to make sure you are not missing anything important you should see your doctor for a full exam. ...Read more

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I have been having chest pain on my left side for about a month. Sharp pain, plus a family history of heart disease. What could this be?

I have been having chest pain on my left side for about a month. Sharp pain, plus a family history of heart disease. What could this be?

Costochondritis: Chest main can have many causes and yes one of them can be cardiovascular. If you have a strong family history and the chest pain is happening while exerting yourself please go to your primary doctor and have them check your heart. Still musculoskeletal causes like costochondritis which is reproducible by touch or heartburn due to reflux are other frequent causes of chest pains. Visit your doctor. ...Read more

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The skin on the center of my chest has been itching and slightly burning on and off for the past two days. Could this be a symptom of heart disease or other problem?

The skin on the center of my chest has been itching and slightly burning on and off for the past two days. Could this be a symptom of heart disease or other problem?

Likely a skin issue: If it is your skin that is itchy and burning it is likely a skin issue. Is there discoloration? Have you put something on the area that may have caused a reaction? Best to see a doctor if it is persistent to evaluate etiology and treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have sob, tight chest, phlegm. Almost 2 wks. Fam history has heart disease. Also sluggish. I have lost 91lbs in 1 year. Should be feeling great?

I have sob, tight chest, phlegm. Almost 2 wks. Fam history has heart disease. Also sluggish. I have lost 91lbs in 1 year. Should be feeling great?

CXR: Active smoker with above history and no more info. See a physician and get a chest x-ray and good history and physical. Don't like your weight loss. Are you trying to loose weight? Acute process like pneumonia vs more chronic process like a malignancy. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and have heart disease but I'm not sure if this is normal or symptoms: sharp pressure in left side of chest, and face gets red for high blood p-?

I'm 16 and have heart disease but I'm not sure if this is normal or symptoms: sharp pressure in left side of chest, and face gets red for high blood p-?

I'm not sure what: Exactly your heart condition is. Your chest pain could be from that or could be musculoskeletal in nature. Get reassurance from your dr or cardiologist. Maintain your blood pressure lower than 130/80, cut down on your salt intake, exercise regularly and attain ideal body weight. Take care! ...Read more

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Increased palpitations and heart flutters general chest discomfort (no heart disease + normal echo) medication or un noticed subconscious anxiety?

Increased palpitations and heart flutters general chest discomfort (no heart disease + normal echo) medication or un noticed subconscious anxiety?

Adrenaline surges...: Likely due to low blood sugars, can cause palpitations, anxiety attacks and other symptoms. Have your doctor check you for the Insulin resistance syndrome, eat frequent small meals, with a low glycemic index to avoid these. Check glycemicindex. Com for a list of the glycemic index of various foods. ...Read more

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Is chest pain a symptom of anxiety (right side) + needling sensation and heart flutters, pvcs? : (I have no heart disease but I so have awful anxiety

Is chest pain a symptom of anxiety (right side) + needling sensation and heart flutters, pvcs? : (I have no heart disease but I so have awful anxiety

EasilyVisciousCircle: Do not intend to promote anxiety, but long known that cvds typically starts childhood yet asymptomatic for decades & docs do no detect; hidden in artery walls, not in openings. Heart rate & contraction spit-second controlled from brain, yet docs can't see this, only a few end responses. Flutters more commonly heart, pvcs (if accurate) are heart & cvds promotes but brain control still dominant. ...Read more

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I'm 25yrs, sometimes I get chest pain, mainly the left side, and my arm feels tired too, should I be concerned about heart disease?

I'm 25yrs, sometimes I get chest pain, mainly the left side, and my arm feels tired too, should I be concerned about heart disease?

Not likely: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. ...Read more

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Burning chest pain left side since yesterday after eating chicken alfredo. I'm 18, healthy, no history of heart disease. Please help I'm scared!

Burning chest pain left side since yesterday after eating chicken alfredo. I'm 18, healthy, no history of heart disease. Please help I'm scared!

Workup mgt: These symptoms may be related to Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), especially given the relationship between the pain and eating. If there is bleeding with the pain, ulcerative disease is unlikely.
Other causes though are possible, and I would recommend seeing your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more