Hello, I'm a 19 year old male and I've been having some heart problems lately.
The heart palpitations started big time about 2 months ago. The feeling of my heart skipping a beat and then seeming to freak out was accompanied with stabs of pain from the center of my chest.
Now I have heart palpitations/murmurs every day, there's a constant pain in my chest and left arm, as well as a feeling of numbness similar to when you strike your funny bone in your elbow.
I am 19 years old, male, about 280lbs. I've been obese for about 6 years, and I get very little exercise. My family has a long vibrant history of heart disease and high blood pressure. My grandfather has Angina, and my mother has Pericarditis, so i feel there's a good chance I'm predisposed to heart disease.
I have NOT been to see a doctor, because until very recently my mother didn't take my condition seriously enough to warrant a visit.
I managed to convince her that I needed to see a doctor, but I was told that we have no health insurance. So no doctor visit for me. I'm hoping to get insurance sometime this week and get to see a doctor before week's end.
A few minutes ago I had another one of these "attacks" and it was the worst yet. My heart seemed to explode, and it felt like someone was stabbing my left arm with a knife.
So please tell me, am I at risk for a heart attack or a stroke? I know i need to see a doctor, I'm just trying to keep myself sane and not sink into a panic attack. I'm constantly anxious and dwelling on my heart health, I can't seem to stop. Every time it happens i wonder, "Is it gonna be a heart attack this time?"
Is what I'm feeling typical heart attack symptoms? What else could be causing it? And how would I know if i really WAS having a heart attack? From what I've seen, the symptoms can be so commonly mistaken for heartburn or indegestion. How can i tell the difference?
Thank you if you read this, i could really use a little advice.