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An_251018 posted:
Hi everyone. I am new to WebMD but I'm very glad I came across this community, I hope someone here will be able to give me some advice or at least relate. So I have had pressure on the middle left side of my chest for going on 9 years. I am only 30 years old and for most of these years it is something that has never concerned me, merely because the pressure was hardly noticeable. Over the past 1-2 years the pressure has started to get more noticeable. I am a person who works out 2-3 times a week, am not overweight and eat ok, (not great, but not horrible). In my past I have been a heavy smoker (pack a day) but I haven't smoked a cigarette for more than two years. The pressure in my chest isn't painful but it is very noticeable at times and disheartening (pardon the pun) seeing that the location is directly above my heart. Also, I have an uncle who died of a massive heart attack at 32. From what I have been told he was overweight, smoked and drank heavily and in general didn't take care of himself.

I have been to the doctor multiple times and they have said that nothing is wrong. I also went to a cardiologist and they didn't find anything either. I have had a echo cardiogram, multiple EKGs, and stress tests done. None of these tests have shown anything to be concerned about. I had my doctor put me on anxiety medication for the off chance that maybe it was just anxiety and I was making it all up in my head. The anxiety meds (zoloft) did help a little bit and lowered my bp down by about ten points, (usually I'm at 130/90 and it went down to 130/80). I'm just curious if, seeing that the doctor is saying I have nothing to worry about, should I TRY and not worry about it? Or should I still try to take action in getting to the bottom of what is causing the pressure in my chest?

If anyone has a similar experience or any advice I would greatly appreciate your response. Thanks and I love the community!
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

....."but I haven't smoked a cigarette for more than two years."

Kudos on that.

"So I have had pressure on the middle left side of my chest for going on 9 years. / Over the past 1-2 years the pressure has started to get more noticeable."

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

Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, various 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*

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