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chest pain left side

I am 54 years old heavy set, pre diebedic. bp under control and lip results very good,  ldl 66 hdl 41 total 165; trys 202. okay hers the question over the last couple of  months once in a while I get a sharp pain under my left chest muscle almost on my side, it only last a second or 2. usually I am siting down. It hasnt happen while I have been active. there are no other symptoms . I take my bp right after it happens and its is122/ 82 paulse 83, my doctor says it a typical chest pain and not to worry . well I am worried what do you think. thanks for your help   ( before this started happening I HAVE HAD A EKG AND ECO both in the last year results were fine. )
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Angina or pain due to inadequate blood supply to the heart is usually retrosternal (mid chest or slightly to the left) and is usually brought on by exercise and relieved by rest. But there can be atypical varieties also.The pain you experience does not seem to fall into the category of typical angina. Angina many a times can be missed by a routine ECG. In which case, a treadmill or an exercise ECG may help. Since you are a hypertensive and diabetic, you fall in the high-risk group. In addition, if you are a smoker, the risk increases many fold. So it would be advisable to have a treadmill ECG done. It will help to clear your doubts also.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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Thank you for your thoughts. Went back to doctor to see about a stress test, he didnt think I needed it because type of pain it was, he said there is risks of false positives. I do not smoke, have been pre diabetic for one year.(a1c test 6.1) blood pressure is under control always around 120/80 . That said I agree with you should I get a second opinion .






for 1 year
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Cardiac pain or chest pain can be felt as a tightness and worsens with activity or exercise. But like I said there could be atypical varieties also. If your symptoms persist, you could go for a second opinion. Hope you have been initiated on Aspirin as a preventive measure.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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