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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Heart Failure or Just out of Shape... How can I tell?

 jmezzan - Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:07 pm

Hello! I'm a 27 year old male with worries I might be experiencing signs of Heart Failure but am not very sure.... I had a couple years in my past where I partied a little too hard during college and have since stopped. I'm still worried that those years might have done something to me as I notice that I am growing a bigger and bigger intolerance to exertion. I haven't worked or exercised since I was 17 and think it could also be that I'm just out of shape. How can I tell? I am not overweight. exact opposite actually, and i get winded just walking up the stairs to my apartment. I tried to get on a walking machine at my apt gym the other day and i nearly fainted after a 30 min brisk walk. Often times I feel my heart beating hard at rest and tons of other things with my heart that I never noticed before. I stopped smoking and drink lightly. Even just walking up hill gets be breathing very hard. Am I out of shape or might I have a heart condition. I don't notice anything else like edema or difficulty breathing when lying down or coughs or anything. just the extreme difficulty just doing regular exercise. Should I see a cardiologist and take a stress test?

I know I kind of rambled on but I got tons of things on my mind.. any advice would be very appreciated!

Thanks a ton!
 jmezzan - Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:10 pm

one more thing though ever since I have been young sometimes after running or working out or any serious exertion I get a dull aching pain by my neck in my right collar bone area... it stays for a while and is a big nuisance. :[

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