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Question: Stabbing Heart Pains while running


 katmil8 - Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:26 pm

I am a 25 year old female. I do have a history of asthma, but I have not experienced any difficulties with asthma in about ten years. I am not on any medications. My father has had one mild heartattack and there is a history of heart disease in his family. I usually run 5 miles three times a week. In the past couple weeks, I've been experiencing stabbing heart pains while running, usually after my first or second mile. While experiencing the heart pains, I can only take shallow breathes and sometimes my left shoulder feels tingly. When I stop running, it takes the pains a couple minutes to subside. I usually cannot resume running without experiencing the pains for hours.
 R. Zein, Pharm D - Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:13 pm

User avatar Dear katmil8

Since you do have a family history of heart disease, and since you have mentioned that your asthma has been under control for years, my suggesstion is that you visit your doctor, and he/she might refer you to a cardiologist. This is important since you have mentioned that the pain feels like stabbing, and stops you from continuing the running.

Your doctor or the specialist might order an EKG, or an echo depending on your symptoms. Both proceedures are very simple.

Thank you very much and i wish you all the best.

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