I am a 49 year old male ex smoker. Over the past several months I have been having a heavy feeling in my left chest that comes and goes. In the beginning I would go to sit down and I would feel my heart like beat extra. That has stoped, but now I get this heavy feeling when I go to sit down sometimes. I also have some discomfort on the left side of my back. I am not sure if this is my heart or lungs.
An occasional extra beat or skipped beat feeling may simply be a PVC - a premature ventricular contraction. But the frequent heavy feeling wouldn't linger like that with a quick "heart hiccup." I hope you'll consider going in to the doctor to be checked. As long as your heart is structurally OK, PVC's are not a problem. While you're there, the doctor can check your lungs for asthma, chronic bronchitis, etc. Congrats on giving up the smoking. I understand it's one of the toughest things to do.
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