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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Sharp chest pain


 stu68 - Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:22 pm

Hello, I'm a 39 yr old male 6ft slightly over weight and resonably fit. I have medication for high blood pressure probably due to a sleep disorder which is regulated with CPAP.

I was woke up during the night approx a week ago with a very sharp pain in the centre of the chest. I gave myselp the quick once over, no shortness of breath, no pains anywhere else, normal pulse (not racing). After about 30 seconds I forced mtself to burp a couple of times and the pain went away. I fell back to sleep with no residual pains in the morning. This has happened approximatly 3 times in the last 5 years or so again each time when I force myself to burp it goes away.

I would not have botherd mentioning anything about this as I put it down to wind, the only this is my father-in-law had the same sort of problemsand ended up having a heart attack years later

I honestly don't think this is anything to worry about just a little concerned.

Thank you in advace for your time.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:34 pm

User avatar Hi,

The fact that your father in law had both conditions does not mean they are connected. We won't be able to give you an assessment of your condition here. What I can tell you is yes one possibilty is that your pain is caused by flatulence. Do you also complain of constipation?

Do you have a family history of heart attacks at a young age (55 years)? How well is your hypertension controlled? Do you feel palpitations?

If this is a recurring problem I would recommend that you have it evaluated.

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