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Forum Name: Congenital Heart Disease in Adults

Question: Chest Pain


 j_serner - Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:38 am

I am a 27 year old female, My mother side has alot of heart disease and high blood pressure, my father side unknown.
I have been diagnosed with acid reflex and gurd. I have been having chest pain continous for 3 days, plus pain in my arms, shoulders and neck. And I have been having a either muscle spasm or a bubbly sinsation in the middle of my chest wich causes me to have an anxiety attack. I am scard not knowing. I haven't went to the doctor for this yet. I do have children and my youngest is 3 months old so I pack her around and also her in her carseat alot.. Is this something that I need to be extremly concerned about
Thank you for your time.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:44 pm

User avatar Hello j_serner - While I wouldn't be unduly concerned I would take at least a healthy concern in the symptoms for three reasons: One , you appear to have a family history of heart disease, although it's unclear whether it was premature or not (prior to age 60) on your mother's side; Two, your symptoms, while consistent with GERD, could also, conceivably, be consistent with cardiac pain. Since they appear two be fairly new they are worth investigating; and Three, the symptoms are causing you considerable anxiety. Although you are a young woman and presumably healthy otherwise, you have children who are dependent on you. While the risk, statistiaclly, is small, pain that radiates from the chest into the arms and neck should be investigated to rule out any possible heart problems. GERD can mimic heart pain very accurately, which only clouds the picture. This is the likely cause of your discomfort, but if the symptoms are new it is far better to err on the side of caution and ease your mind. Who needs all that anxiety? And you don't need, either, to run the risk that you even remotely could be having a heart problem. Go see a doctor or get to a medical facility ASAP and find out for sure. If it's GERD there are things that can be done to get it under control. If it's something else you need to know that too.

I'm betting, in this case, on GERD, but with the family history you have I strongly advise you get yourself checked at once. Then you can relax, knowing exactly what's going on and what you need (or don't need) to do about it.

Good luck to you and please stay in touch.

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