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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: severe chest pains from mid-to-left area

 beccabb22 - Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:45 am

I am a recovering bulimic and have always been concerned with the damaging effects it has had on my heart. I have been an athelete all my life so my heart has always been strong until the last 6 years. I recently have had the flu and am feeling ok now except for this horrible pain in my chest, starting from the center and towards the left. It feels like someone is ringing out my heart accompanied with pressure. It is exassperbated when I move quickly, eat, drink, cough, or sneeze. Unless I am calmly breathing I am in pain. I also suffer from anxiety which in many cases I have had chest pain. I am scared that the damage Ive done could essentially cause heart failure.

Rebecca Campbell, 28
 Dr. A. Madia - Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:35 am

User avatar Hi Rebecca,

At 28, you are quite young to have a heart condition, unless you have one from birth [congenital] or childhood [rheumatic]. I am sure you do not have neither of these two.

Bulimia is not as likely to cause heart failure and cardiac death as anorexia. Those who take frequent purgation and induce vomits, may suffer low potassium levels and sudden cardiac death. Excess nutrition from bulimia may have caused hypercholesterolemia etc but now that you are out of it there is no imminent threat.

As for chest pain, any pain that increases on coughing, sneezing, turning, or deep breathing generally is not from the heart. This could either be a muscular pain or pain from the lung memrane called pleura.

If the pain is very consistent is may be worthwhile to check with your doctor if some chest x ray is required.

But stop worrying about heart failure at your age!


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