I have pain in my chest when I exercise - such as walking on a treadmill. It is always in the same spot, and it is a gripping, squeezing pain. (Not center chest, but left side mostly.) When the pain starts, it is much worse when I try to inhale. It is relieved when I slow down or stop - but not immediately. I have had a test (forgot the name) 2 years ago and Dr. said I have tricuspid regurg, but this should not be causing the pain. She said all things looked clear but to check it again in a year. The pain is predictable. When I exercise and get my heart rate up this pain grips my chest and I can hardly catch my breath. The pain happens sometimes at rest, but not as bad. What kind of test should I have?
This sounds like classic angina, pain that comes on at a predictabile level of exercise and is a squeezing pain that is relieved by rest. This could very well indicate you have some worsening blockages, you really need to get this checked out, most likely with a nuclear stress test and a cath if it is indicated.
cars and erijon are on the money. I've got a bunch of stents, several heart attacks and the symptoms you are explaining sound like a blockage or severe valve problems. If you get angina at rest I wouldn't wait til tomorrow to get medical help, I'd go to the emergency room at once. It might save your life.
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