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Chest Pain, Breathing Difficulties and Hypertension in a young adult
An_249893 posted:

I am looking for advice. I'm 22 and experiencing severe chest pain in the center of my chest, along with shortness of breath, I feel like I can't get enough air and the pain is awful. It gets worse when I walk around or move and my breathing is shallow and rapid. The pain is intense and right in the center of my chest. I'm also dizzy and nauseous and have a horrid headache that won't go away. My resting heart rate has been in the 110-140 range for the past day or so, and my blood pressure has been averaging 165/110. (my friend is a nursing student and she's been taking it for me). My last six readings were 180/110, 185/115, 178/100, 165/98, 160/90, and 190/110. I don't currently have a doctor and don't want to go to the ER if I don't have to. Is this something to worry about in a young adult?
billh99 responded:
You need to see a doctor NOW!
deadmanwalking57 responded:
If you were over 40, the ER would first think heart attack. At your age, they will think anxiety.

Have you been highly stressed ? If nothing else, lie down and calm down. Try to breath slowly and deeply if possible. Think of something calming that you enjoy, perhaps from childhood.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"Is this something to worry about in a young adult?"

Yes, of course.

In general-only here, chest 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 (the so-called 'psychogenic' effect, that is, actually originating in the mind),

Also, 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, such as an irregular heartbeat/arrhythmia, a heart rate too fast, too slow or alternating/abnormal variations thereof, requiring the use of a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities) or even be silent.

"I don't currently have a doctor and don't want to go to the ER if I don't have to."

There are many community clinics which can offer personalized and high-quality health care.

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Additionally, there are Walgreens-owned Take Care Clinic and the CVS-owned MinuteClinics.

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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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rhughey responded:
go get checked. get referall to see csrdiologist. do you have fsmily history of heart disease?
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
I'd recommend going to the ER.

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