I am 64 year old male w/CAD. Have 5 stents put in over the last 10 years, this particular problem seems to be under control. I am otherwise healthy. My question concerns unusual "heart" symptoms I ocasionaly have, symptoms are:
I don't have the vocabulary to describe the intense sensation, but will try. It is an open and raw sensation in heart area. I can taste and smell the rawness and blood. I feel and sense a rythmic beating beating in the "rawness". It feels like something in my heart has has opened up or been exposed. It is such a strong feeling that it overwhelms me. It feels something like an opened or raw and extremely sensitive area, Makes me think it's might be 3/8" or 1/2 in size. Lasts for a few seconds then is gone. Not really associated with pain, but with a life threatening urgency or consequence. Nothing like any other heart pain I've had, If I were to guess, It is in the heart area and I suspect "in" my heart. It is very intense, I can taste and smell the (blood?) and rawness of it. I think it is deadly. Has happened maybe 5 times over the last two years, last time was week of 2/9/2014. Always has happened in the morning when I wake up. May be associated with heaviness in the heart area. No after effects, no pain or shortness of breath. I explained it to one Cardiologist and I think he thought I was crazy.
Given the intensity of your symptoms and your level of concern, I think that your symptoms need attention. It's not clear to me what the cause of your symptoms might be, but possibilities include a rhythm disorder or a blockage in one of the vessels of the heart. Your cardiologist might consider monitoring your heart's ryhthm over time (e.g., with a Holter monitor) or pursuing a stress test. If you're not happy with how your cardiologist responded to your concerns, you should seek a second opinion.
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