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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: Stabbing chest pains and shortness of breath

 cameron - Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:21 am

Hi I am 25 years old female, I have very very low blood pressure and sometimes faint because of this. But I am experiencing stabbing chest pains and shortness of breath these days. The stabbing panes happened about 6 times a day. I am not overweight at all.
What can I do?
 Dr. A. Madia - Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:03 am

User avatar Hi Cameron,

You have not said what your height and weight are. There is a typical body habitus where a person is medium height to tall, thin, a little below normal weight and has low blood pressure. This body habitus is called 'Hyposthenic'

Hyposthenics also somtimes have associated Mitral valve prolapse wherein the heart valve called Mitral is long and buckles up during heart contraction. This is often associated with various kind of chest pains and shortness of breath. This condition is absolutely benign and has no dire consequences whatsoever.

If you are not a hyposthenic or have an MVP, the stabbing pains you have may result from a muscle pull or from an inflamed pleura [membrane covering the lungs]. A visit to your doctor followed by any tests that she advises would be in order.


 rubytuesday2 - Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:35 pm

I have the same symptoms that the girl above stated, and my body type fits into that description you gave. Is there anyway to minimize these pains? Is it caused by an absence of some vital nutrient or what?

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