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Doctor insights on: Differences In Symptoms Between Lung And Heart Disease

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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

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 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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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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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 have 2 kids with lung and heart disease associated with hydrops. Any idea which doctors and hospitals are the best in usa on these subjects?

I have 2 kids with lung and heart disease associated with hydrops. Any idea which doctors and hospitals are the best in usa on these subjects?

Please, specify: Hydrops and dropsy are general terms and not used much anymore. You mention pulmonary hypertension. Your kids have pulmonary hypertension? You mention tobacco use. I presume that you smoke, not the kidneys. Please, specify in your question the exact diagnosis of the kids and their age group and whether the disease runs in the family. ...Read more

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Constant shortness of breath all day and tightness in chest for 4 to 5 without any history of lung and heart disease. Anxiety cause all day dyspnea?

Constant shortness of breath all day and tightness in chest for 4 to 5 without any history of lung and heart disease. Anxiety cause all day dyspnea?

Dyspnea d/t anxiety: While anxiety can certainly cause shortness of breath, and you point out you've had no cardiac or pulmonary problems in the past, but do have a history of anxiety -- it's also important to remember that anxiety is a diagnosis of exclusion. See your primary, esp if you have any assoc sxs like cough, fever. With medical causes ruled out, it would be time to pursue a more robust anxiety treatment. ...Read more

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How often chronic cough results from heart disease especially if your lungs are okay?

How often chronic cough results from heart disease especially if your lungs are okay?

Some medicines for: heart failure such as Lisinopril can cause a chronic dry cough. You may discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for lung and coronary heart disease?

What are the risk factors for lung and coronary heart disease?

Smoking is #1: Also obesity, sedentary lifestyle, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, diabetes, obesity, male gender, age, and family history. You can change all but the last three, so do it! Quit smoking and get off your butt! Treat the diseases and take time of/meditate/do yoga. This is hugely important, heart disease is the world's #1 killer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why lung cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke are degenerative diseases?

Can you tell me why lung cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke are degenerative diseases?

Says who?: 'degenerative disease' usually is a word we use for changes that seem to happen as part of the body's wearing out from getting older. Macular degeneration of the eye, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lung function loss, maybe neuronal loss in the brain are the ones real physicians usually think of. These 3 catastrophic illnesses aren't 'degenerative diseases' in any meaningful sense. ...Read more

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I smoke and my chest xray stress EKG and blood work were all normal. I am happy, I am just curious how I have no smoke in lungs or heart disease.

I smoke and my chest xray stress EKG and blood work were all normal. I am happy, I am just curious how I have no smoke in lungs or heart disease.

Not in the clear: You have high blood pressure and that may be, in part, due to your smoking. Smoking causes a lot of other disorders, in addition to heart disease and lung cancer. By continuing to smoke you are playing Russian Roulette. Quit while you are ahead! ...Read more

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I am worried I have copd or heart disease. Spyrometry, chest xray, treadmill tests all normal-strong. 10 pack year smoker, 2+ years quit. Have mild shortness of breath, recurring right lung pain (not chest), mild air hunger, tested for sleep apnea, will f

I am worried I have copd or heart disease. Spyrometry, chest xray, treadmill tests all normal-strong. 10 pack year smoker, 2+ years quit. Have mild shortness of breath, recurring right lung pain (not chest), mild air hunger, tested for sleep apnea, will f

Study the gallbladder?: Does not make sense.
Heavy smoker, SOB, and supernormal spirometry? Do you have an oximetry?
1. Repeat the test (spirometry)
2. Do a MRI of chest, rule out mesothelioma (early), or any type of infection.
3. What is your BMI?
4. You should have a cardiologist and a pulmonologist and put all together.
Symptoms usually correlate with tests. ...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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Dull squeezing chest pain on left side for the past several days in a 22 year old male who does not drink or smoke, no fam hx of heart disease?

Dull squeezing chest pain on left side for the past several days in a 22 year old male who does not drink or smoke, no fam hx of heart disease?

Pain in chest: Have you seen your MD for this? If not, see MD or go to urgent care. Could be heart related but could also be anxiety; diet related issues; Be sure all tests and blood tests are normal with MD. ...Read more

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I have a family history of heart disease. I've been having aches and fluttering in my chest. I have a high chol and trig count, should I be concerned?

I have a family history of heart disease. I've been having aches and fluttering in my chest. I have a high chol and trig count, should I be concerned?

Yes! Yet cholesterol: Has never been the correct issue. Atherosclerosis typically begins in childhood, yet is asymptomatic for decades: http://goo. Gl/aRhOU2. Rec: Get NMR lipoprotein test, optimize LDL <700 nmol/L; Large-HDL >9 ╬╝mol/L; Trig <100 mg/dL; HbA1c <5.0%, SBP <120 mmHg & study my many answers on HealthTap for better understanding. ...Read more

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

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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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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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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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 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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During workout I started feeling a pinch in the left side of chest. Not pain just a pinch when I do specific moves. Should I worry for heart disease?

During workout I started feeling a pinch in the left side of chest. Not pain just a pinch when I do specific moves. Should I worry for heart disease?

Don't worry Be Happy: If you can point to the area of the chest pain with one finger as you are describing, you most likely do NOT have pain originating from the heart. Cardiac pain is diffuse and is associated with nausea, vomiting, feeling light headed, sweating, fatigue and anxiety. You will likely have shortness of breath with exertion or even at rest. Keep exercising! Have fun. ...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 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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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

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