Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Includes Expert Content
crackling noise for a heart beat
avatar
bruce679 posted:
Good morning, I need some advice in to what to do, I am 33 years old, male, and smoke since I was 18 and been diagnosed with the GERD, about 6 years ago, I know what acid reflux feels like, but lately (2 months ago) I started to feel a different kind of chest pain, my heart accelerates so much that if my whole body moves with the heart beats, on two of these times, the pain went up to both of my shoulders, but the left shoulder was worst, then it when up to the left side of my neck, jaw and behind my ear, on top of that, I hear and feel a crackling sound (like sucking through a straw) instead of a hearth beat this happens at least 3 times a week and last about 30 minutes. Any advice as to what this is, I really dont want to go to the ER, because I herd EKG's are expensive and cant afford to get one right now.
Reply
 
avatar
billh99 responded:
EKG's are not that expensive. But ER's are.

Unless you are having immediate symptoms the best is to go to a cardiologist and have then do a workup.
 
avatar
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
I would recommend that you see a doctor and get checked out - and above all, stop smoking - it is a significant risk factor for heart disease and if you stop now, your risk will go down significantly!


Featuring Experts

James Beckerman, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist at the Providence St. Vincent Heart Clinic in Portland, OR. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Col...More

Helpful Tips

Mediterranean DietGuest Expert
The Mediterranean diet has long been recognized as a booster of heart health. It is linked to lower risks of heart disease, stroke, ... More
Was this Helpful?
11 of 12 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 News

There was an error with this newsfeed

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