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Valo1679 posted:
This is kind of a long story so please bear with me. It all started Thanksgiving Day 2011. I was playing football with my family and got a pain in my chest. I figured I had strained something and brushed it off, went home and went to bed. I woke up still having the pain and feeling out of it, like I couldn't concentrate as well as I used to. I slowed down on my smoking and this went on for about a month and I noticed it was gone one morning shortly after Christmas when I woke up, like someone had flipped a switch. The month of January I was feeling normal and good except that I was coughing up thick stuff that had blood in it. That lasted a couple weeks and quit. The pains and loss of concentration and everything came back February 2, 2012 and it hasn't gone away since and I'm so tired of worrying it's my heart and feeling out of it. I just want to be my old self again. I've been to the ER countless times. They've done EKG's, blood work, and chest x-rays each time I've gone but everything came back normal each time. I've talked to my regular doctor about it and she ordered a few tests. I've had: and MRI on my head, a CT scan of my chest (one looking at my aorta and another checking for blood clots in my lungs) and I asked for a referral to a heart doctor and they did an ultrasound on my heart and a stress test. Again everything came back okay so I've left it alone and have done my best to quit worrying about it. She talked to me about it being anxiety but I've never been an anxious person. I'm always calm and I never get mad. Lately the symptoms have been getting worse again. I went to the ER the other night and they did an EKG, blood work, and a chest x-ray as usual, and everything came back okay. They diagnosed me with Pleurisy and Bronchitis but it doesn't hurt when i breathe, it just comes on randomly. I've also been to a neurologist and he ordered a test where they put electrodes on my head and monitored my brain activity while asleep, with flashes of light and other things, I've forgotten the name of it, I'm sorry, I believe it was an ECG? Everything came back normal though. I drink absolutely nothing almost but Diet Mountain Dew for a few years now. They told me it could be the caffeine so I switched to caffeine free Diet Mountain Dew but it hasn't helped. The pain is normally just to the left of the bottom of my sternum, but I've had pains in my back left shoulder blade, my neck, my left side, and my left arm and leg. I've had one episode where my arms and face started tingling like they were falling asleep and it felt like there was a tourniquet around my chest. I went to the ER that time as well and everything came back normal. It also seems like my ears constantly need to pop like they do when you're in higher elevations. I'm just at my wits end because it's really affecting me everyday with me thinking it's my heart. I never leave the house without 2-3 aspirin in my pocket just in case it is my heart. I'm just hoping someone could give me a little advice and thank you for bearing with me and reading all of this. Here lately, it feels like I get an intense flip-flop feeling in my chest and makes me light headed or get that "falling feeling" we sometimes get when we go to sleep. I've also been having a sensation in the back left side of my head. I'm just terrified to even go to sleep. I have an 11 year old sister to take of and I'm just scared something's going to happen. Here are some facts about me:

I'm a 26 year old male.
I'm 6'4" and 160lbs
I've smoked for 9 years now, but I've cut back a lot. I smoke maybe a pack and a half a week.
I've never had any major illnesses or diseases.
I don't have the best diet
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:[br>[br>"I've smoked for 9 years now, but I've cut back a lot. I smoke maybe a pack and a half a week"[br>[br>Do quit ASAP![br>[br>As reported, smoking increases the circulating levels of catecholamines and free fatty acids, which may contribute to the increased level of total cholesterol and decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein ("good" cholesterol) that are found in habitual cigarette smokers.[br>[br>The effects on platelets may enhance coagulation (blood clotting). There can be accelerated coronary and peripheral vascular disease, and occurrence of a dreaded stroke and complications from hypertension.[br>[br>The greatest concern is the acceleration or aggravation of cardiovascular disease. Smoking can promote atherosclerotic vascular disease by contributing to high cholesterol, endothelial injury (damaging the sensitive inner lining of the walls of the arteries), or both.[br>[br>Complications of hypertension are more severe in those who smoke cigarettes. Smoking can also aggravate hypertension by causing vasoconstriction (tightening of the vessels).[br>[br>About.com[br>[br>After You Quit Smoking - The First 2 Days[br>[br>Quit Smoking Benefits - the Healing Begins...When you quit smoking, the benefits begin within minutes of your last...[br>[br>At 20 minutes after quitting:[br>[br>Blood pressure decreases, pulse rate drops...[br>[br>http://quitsmoking.about.com/cs/afterquitting/a/quitting20minut.htm [br>[br>USA Today[br>[br>Just one cigarette can harm DNA, Surgeon General says[br>[br>12/9/10[br>[br>"Tobacco smoke damages almost every organ in your body," says Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. In someone with underlying heart disease, she says, "One cigarette can cause a heart attack."[br>[br>http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/2010-12-09-1Asmoking09_st_N.htm [br>[br>Chest pain[br>[br>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 not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.[br>[br>Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at any age, 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, such as an irregular heartbeat) or even be silent[br>[br>....."it feels like I get an intense flip-flop feeling in my chest"[br>[br>As applicable, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, typically benign and occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), is described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, and has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers [br>[br>Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.[br>[br>Take care,[br>[br>CardioStar* [br>[br>WebMD member (since 8/99)[br>[br>-[br>[br>-[br>[br>Be well-informed[br>[br>MedlinePlus[br>[br>Chest pain[br>[br>http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003079.htm [br>[br>[br>Mayo Clinic[br>[br>Chest pain[br>[br>http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chest-pain/DS00016 [br>[br>[br>eMedicne Health

Chest pain

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

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

http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart


HeartSite

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

http://www.heartsite.com

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cardiostarusa1 replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
Hi:

"I've smoked for 9 years now, but I've cut back a lot. I smoke maybe a pack and a half a week"

As reported, smoking increases the circulating levels of catecholamines and free fatty acids, which may contribute to the increased level of total cholesterol and decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein ("good" cholesterol) that are found in habitual cigarette smokers.

The effects on platelets may enhance coagulation (blood clotting). There can be accelerated coronary and peripheral vascular disease, and occurrence of a dreaded stroke and complications from hypertension.

The greatest concern is the acceleration or aggravation of cardiovascular disease. Smoking can promote atherosclerotic vascular disease by contributing to high cholesterol, endothelial injury (damaging the sensitive inner lining of the walls of the arteries), or both.

Complications of hypertension are more severe in those who smoke cigarettes. Smoking can also aggravate hypertension by causing vasoconstriction (tightening of the vessels).

About.com

After You Quit Smoking - The First 2 Days

Quit Smoking Benefits - the Healing Begins...

When you quit smoking, the benefits begin within minutes of your last...

At 20 minutes after quitting:

Blood pressure decreases, pulse rate drops...

http://quitsmoking.about.com/cs/afterquitting/a/quitting20minut.htm

Just one cigarette can harm DNA, Surgeon General says

12/9/10

Tobacco smoke damages almost every organ in your body," says Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. In someone with underlying heart disease, she says, "One cigarette can cause a heart attack.

http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/2010-12-09-1Asmoking09_st_N.htm


Chest pain

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 not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.

Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at any age, 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, such as an irregular heartbeat) or even be silent.

....."it feels like I get an intense flip-flop feeling in my chest"

As applicable, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, typically benign and occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), is described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, and has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers.


Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

Take care,

CardioStar*

WebMD member (since 8/99)

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Be well-informed

MedlinePlus

Chest pain

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

Mayo Clinic

Chest pain

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

eMedicne Health

Chest pain

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

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WebMD

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


LEARN ABOUT the Heart


WebMD

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

http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart


HeartSite

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

http://www.heartsite.com

-

Quote!

"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

.

It's your future......be there.

. .

WebMD/WebMD forums DOES NOT provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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