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46 yr old has black and blue mark on chest (near heart) and haveing trouble breathing. Should she be seen at a hospital? What is this? Help.

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Go to ER....

Shortness of breath can be due to many, many things but it can be a life-threatening symptom. A bruise on the patient's chest could be due to trauma of some type and, combined with shortness of breath, necessitates a trip to the er to be certain there is not a serious, life-threatening process going on.
There are other etiologies for the bruise but please go to the er today! good luck!

In brief: Go to ER....

Shortness of breath can be due to many, many things but it can be a life-threatening symptom. A bruise on the patient's chest could be due to trauma of some type and, combined with shortness of breath, necessitates a trip to the er to be certain there is not a serious, life-threatening process going on.
There are other etiologies for the bruise but please go to the er today! good luck!
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