I am a 34 year old female and have been experiencing crushing pain on the left side of my chest whenever I am walking in the cold over the past 3 months. I have seen a doctor and have had a normal ecg, stress test and echo. When warm, I do not experience this pain at all. The doctor said that is could be vasoconstrictive angina, but that it is unlikely. However, since the pain is continuing I have been just started on nitropine to see if this helps alleviate the problem. What do you think is wrong? Should i be worried?
It's hard to tell. You are in an age group that coronary disease yould be unlikely unless you had a STRONG family history. Sometimes, colder weather may precipitate asthma or reactive airway disease. This can also present as chest pain. I would also consider musculoskeletal and GI causes. I would discuss your symptoms with your internist.
That's curious. Ever since I was little, as far back as I can remember (I'm talking 5 or 6 years old) I would get a tightening, squeezing, burning pain in my chest any time I exerted myself in the cold - and heaven forbid I try to run in the cold - OUCH!!!
No one could ever explain why, and I've had all the heart tests. I wonder what causes that.
Sometimes cold conditions can trigger angina or vasospastic responses in people with CAD. Before my angina was well controlled, going outside in the cold would trigger a response for me, which was very painful. I'd wear a scarf to help.
Thanks for your responses. The nicorandil seems to have stopped the pain when out in the cold (so far), but I have a fierce headache and feel terrible. Paracetamol and ibuprofen do little to help. Should I persevere with the drug?
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