Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Heat intolerance/heart issues
    abetterimage posted:
    My 20 year old son is extremely heat intolerant. It has increasingly gotten worse over 3 years. This summer he can't tolerate being out in the heat at all. He has started having sharp chest pains if he has been out and then comes into air conditioning.
    He had an incident 3 years ago where he came home from work almost delirious and collapsed in the chair, we put ice packs under his arms and had him drink water. He spent the rest of the afternoon resting in the chair exhausted. Since then this problem has only gotten worse. I plan to take him to a Doctor this week but want to know how we should proceed?

    Thank you
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    MedlinePlus - Trusted Health Information for You

    Heat intolerance


    What to Expect at Your Office Visit

    Additionally, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at ANY AGE symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

    Best of luck to your son down the road of life. May he live long and prosper.

    Take care,


    WebMD member (since 8/99)



    Be well-informed


    Heart Disease TYPES

    Men and Women

    Acquired in life or congenital (born with it)

    Heart Disease SYMPTOMS

    Mayo Clinic

    Heart Disease

    Symptoms. Complications. Tests and diagnosis. Treatments and drugs. Prevention.....

    Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart and sometimes your blood vessels......


    LEARN ABOUT the Heart


    The Heart: (Human Anatomy) Pictures, Definition, Location in the Body and Heart Problems


    Heart info, cardiac tests (commonly performed, mainstream types) info, actual diagnostic images.



    "Be a questioning patient. TALK to your DOCTOR and ASK QUESTIONS. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!"

    - Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society


    WebMD/WebMD foums DOES NOT provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    I think that seeing a doctor is the right start. There could be different causes for what's going on, so it would be good to have a thorough medical evaluation.
    bobby75703 responded:
    Too much thyroid hormone is one condition that causes heat intolerance, and can cause chest pains and exhaustion. But I'm sure there are other possible explanations. Wish you the best.
    abetterimage replied to James Beckerman, MD, FACC's response:
    Thank you for reply. What type of Doctor would you suggest we start with? Family practice or go specialty?

    Thank you
    abetterimage replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    Thank you for your reply and the helpful links!
    abetterimage replied to bobby75703's response:
    Thank you!

    Helpful Tips

    Nix Grapefruit & Statin DrugsExpert
    Grapefruit & statin drugs can be a bad combination. Unlike other citrus fruits, grapefruit contains substances that disable certain ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    17 of 19 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    The Heart Beat - James Beckerman, MD, FACC

    Dr. James Beckerman shares how small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center