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About 3 days ago my chest was hurting really bad on my left side, and then yesterday I was making some breakfast and my heart started racing really fast, then I could hardly breathe, then I started to feel very uncomfortable, I never had this feeling before, then as I was walking to my room to lay day I started to get light headed. And today it's doing it again. My heart is racing. And I'm only 18.
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If you are experiencing an abrupt increase in your heart rate associated with symptoms (light-headedness, shortness of breath, etc), I would recommend seeing a physician for further evaluation.  There are a number of things that could be causing your symptoms - but given your young age, it is possible you are experiencing a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT).  Other possibilities include anxiety/panic attacks.  However, the best way to determine the cause (especially if it has happened more than once) is to have a holter monitor which can record your heart rate and rhythm over a period of 1-3 days.
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