25 with chest pain

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Registered: 10-11-2004
25 with chest pain
Mon, 10-11-2004 - 2:24am
I am a 25 year old woman who has been having severe chest pain, almost like a squeezing sensation. It comes and goes, but is accompanied by a coldness and tingling in my left arm, alonf with the feeling like my heart is gonna explode. I can hear my heartbeat and feel in in my head. I had the first attack when I was pergnant with my first daughter at 16. I told my doc and she kinda dismissed it, saying I was healthy and during pregnancy your heart works overtime. As time has passed it has gotten severly worse. I don't know my father, I know who he is, but he isn't in my life. I have no idea if he has heart disease in his family.

The last time I told my doc, a new doctor, about these symptoms, he didn't take it seriously either. I don't know, but it feels like something is really wrong. My left arm has even become weaker, and I seem to catch and keeps colds easier and longer than the usual. Any ideas on what this could be, or what I need to do? Is it possible for a 25 year old female to have a heart attack, and if so is there a such think as small heart attacks?

Confused and scared,


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Registered: 04-14-2003
Tue, 10-12-2004 - 1:19pm

Welcome to this fine board Denice.



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Registered: 08-29-2004
Sat, 10-16-2004 - 8:59am
You need to get a referel to a cardiologist and get tests done to rule out any heart problems you might have. You are not too young to have heart problems. Remind the doctor that at your age, there are a number of people who have had heart attacks. And yes, there is such a things a small heart attacks, or even silent heart attacks. So get that referl and let us know what happens. Hang in there. You find out the answers soon.
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Registered: 04-21-2003
Mon, 10-18-2004 - 4:17am
Hi Denice,

You've had some good advice from the replies you've received so far. It's always worth having symptoms that just don't go away checked out by someone, particularly if they are concerning you. I would think that the liklihood of you suffering a heart attack - small, silent, or otherwise - would be extremely small. Unless you have every risk factor in the book plus a whole heap of bad luck ... so, while it is wise to get your symptoms checked out, I would hope that you would be able to put your mind at rest a little.

Perhaps you could chat with your doctor again about your symptoms, and particularly your concern that they don't seem to have been taken as seriously as you'd like, then ask your doctor what he/she would recommend regarding a specialist opinion on your symptoms. If you still come up against a brick wall, could you change your GP to someone a bit more sympathetic?

Hope that helps a bit,

Take care, and let us know how you get on

Silver x