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    Upper Left Bruised Heart Pain
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    An_246979 posted:
    I am a middle aged woman who has been experiencing chest pain on my left side, just above breast, that feels like a deep bruise. It has been off and on in terms of level of soreness for the past 4-5 months. Lately if I bend down to pick up something it hurts. I also have consistently been feeling light congestion, like a sinus draining consistently for months. I had a heart scan done last year that came out very well, 96% percentile for health. In general feeling congested for months, never severe, just enough to be noticeable, with the bruised heart feeling. A few times briefly this was accompanied by breast pain, not lasting more than a day, each time.
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    Medical rule of thumb, report any bothersome, concerning, troublesome, worrisome, worsening or new symptom(s) to a/your doctor promptly.

    "I had a heart scan done last year that came out very well, 96% percentile for health"

    Noteworthy, tests such as this, and as applicable to the patient, can not detect possible problems/abnorrnalities with heart valves or chambers, like the versatile non-invasive echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) can. Plus, anything medical/any medical situation may/can change in a split-second.

    "Has been experiencing chest pain on my left side, just above breast, that feels like a deep bruise"

    "Lately if I bend down to pick up something it hurts"

    In general-only here, chest/thoracic area (right, left, upper, lower, center, side) pain, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but is not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.

    Also, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, 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 down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)



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    Chest pain

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003079.htm

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    Chest pain

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chest-pain/DS00016

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    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/chest_pain/article_em.htm

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    Non-cardiac chest pain

    Musculoskeletal-related

    The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage and strains or sprains to any of these may/can can cause chest pain. Chest pain associated with musculoskeletal injury is typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest.

    The pain may/can be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often is relieved by changing position.

    The pain may/can be triggered off by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. Though the pain typically last only seconds, it may/can also persist for days or longer.

    If/when chest pain increases when you press your finger on the painful site, or if you can pinpoint the spot that hurts, it is most likely chest wall-related pain, which may/can be caused by strained muscles or ligaments or even by a fractured rib.

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    Heart Disease TYPES

    Men and Women

    Acquired in life or congenital (born with it)

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-men

    Heart Disease SYMPTOMS

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-symptoms

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    Heart Disease

    Symptoms. Complications. Tests and diagnosis......

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

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120

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