Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
20 years old, worried about my heart
Basically, ever since Freshman year of college I've been having chest pain and little bouts of "anxiety." However, last year the pain started to become more frequent, including a fast heart beats at time, which led me to several unsuccessful trips to the E.R.. I say unsuccessful because no matter how many times I've gone to the hospital or doctor they haven't been able to tell me anything. They give me an EKG, a chest x-ray, and then send me on my way. I've also been experiencing head fuzziness/headaches and strange pains in my shoulder, left hand, left thigh,and even in my fingernails and toenails. The most disconcerting part is the pain in my nails. I've had my cholesterol levels and everything checked and there doesn't seem to be any sort of concern with my numbers. I'm wondering if anyone has had these types of symptoms before or have any idea on what they might be. All help is appreciated. Thanks. (Also, my pulse can be anywhere from the high 60's to high 80's).
Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
Hi, anxiety causes an increase in the pulse rate. As all the tests done are normal, its unlikely you have angina. But angina many a times can be missed by a routine ECG. In which case, a treadmill or an exercise ECG may help. So it would be advisable to have a treadmill ECG done. If this can be ruled out, then the pain can also be due to orthopedic related causes like cervical rib, cervical spondylosis or disc prolapse. A simple x-ray will help and an orthopaedician can guide you. Good luck with your therapy. Regards.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
563773 tn?1374250139
Hello,
I can understand your concern but if the EKG is normal then there is little to worry about. Moreover at such a young age, chances of cardiac disease are less. Pain in the chest, left shoulder and arm can be due to a no. of causes.It may be related to nerve impingement (pinched nerve), which can originate in the neck (cervical spine). This condition called “Brachial Neuritis”, or “Brachial Neuralgia”, is due to the involvement of the group of nerves exiting from the spinal vertebrae, called the “Brachial Plexus”.

You need to get a MRI spine also done to rule out this condition which may mimic a heart condition.
I hope it helps. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
168348 tn?1379360675
Blank
Cindy, and ChitChatNine commented on Cindy's status
May 20
17568 tn?1424977159
Blank
Cindy sends heartfelt thanks to a... Comment
May 18
17568 tn?1424977159
Blank
Cindy commented on Cindy's status
May 18
Congestive Heart Failure Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
11548417 tn?1440481484
Blank
Netherlands