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    how concerned should I be?
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    kmiller2130 posted:
    The last several months i've had a stabbing pain in my chest that comes and goes. My heart flutters and races (no matter how much or how little caffine I've had). I get random dizziness, headaches, and fluctuate from being tired to not able to sleep all the time. I am 34 years old. I'm 5ft 0in tall and weigh 160 (Iknow, not good but I'm trying to lose weight). There was a thought by a doctor a while back that I had mitrial valve prolapse. Heart disease and diabetes runs in the family. Don't know if it makes a difference or not but I had shingles a few months ago and most of this started about 2 weeks after I got better. Should I be overly concerned or am I over reacting?
     
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "Should I be overly concerned"


    Yes, of course. Especially since you said that heart disease and diabetes runs in your family.


    "There was a thought by a doctor a while back that I had mitrial valve prolapse."


    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP, the most common heart valve abnormality) can be easily confirmed or ruled out with non-invasive echocardiography (echocardiogram). MVP may/can cause various symptoms or none at all.

    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, such as an irregular , fast or slow heartbeat, requiring the use of a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities), or even be silent.

    Lose weight sensibly and keep ALL other known modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease closely in-check.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)




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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

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

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    Heart-Healthy Foods

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    Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack

    Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors (encompasses some new, novel or emerging) for atherosclerosis, typically affecting the carotid, coronary and peripheral arteries, which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction or mutation) , diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes second and thirdhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), Low HDL (now questionable, according to recent studies) high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).

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