For a few years now I have been having an odd squeezing / burning feeling below my left breast. Does not seem to radiate anywhere else. Seems to occur after I have eaten a meal that is extremely bad for me such as a greasy pizza or when I engage in a sudden sprint or have to lift heavy objects rapidly, or get really stressed. Anyway, I have run to the ER several times--Approximately twice a year and each time I am given the same battery of tests. Chest X-Ray, Blood Work, EKG. Each time I am discharged with a form that states "The pain you are experiencing does not appear to be coming from your heart” In 2010 I even had a Thallium Stress Test which also came back normal. Everything I read tells me that symptoms I experience are indicative if Angina. Should I go and see a Cardiologist? Or does it sound like a case of Cardio phobia? I am a 40-year old Caucasian male.
You've had a pretty comprehensive battery of tests on your heart, I would doubt if it's cardiac in nature. Although a thallium stress test is 85% accurate, that is mostly due to false positives. This test has a specificity of 97% meaning it will find existing disease 97% of the time so a normal test is vary reassuring.
The pain you describe could easily be a gallbladder or liver issue triggered by a fatty meal. You could see a cardiologist, but remember a cardiologist read your thallium stress test so you'll most likely not hear anything new. If your symptoms change or get worse, go see a cardiologist to be safe.
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