Chest pain caused by a reduced flow of blood to the heart is called angina or angina pectoris. This type of chest pain is often described as squeezing, heaviness, or tightness in the chest. The other symptoms that might be associated with angina are fatigue, shortness of breath, and sweating.

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Will stress cause on and off slight chest pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, who weighs 176 pounds and I am 6 feet tall, and I have no previous cardiac problems. I have a slight chest pain, almost like the type caused by grief. I work a lot, especially over the last month. The pain has been on off all day since two weeks. I do not want to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your worries, but there is absolutely nothing to worry. Chest pains can be caused by a lot of factors, from cardiovascular-related to non-cardiovascular related. For example heartburn, costochondritis, angina, etc. Your chest pain is non-cardiac beca...  Read Full »

Why do I have chest pain during deep breathing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 68 year old male. My height is 5'4" and weight is 142 pounds. I stopped smoking at the age of 38. I drink on an average of half bottle of beer a day at most. I do prepare my own food, which is mostly organic. I eat meat, egg, little dairy, vegetables, a fair amount of raw food, se...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As your chest pain and heaviness is related to exertion (walking) a possibility that it is of cardiac origin cannot be neglected. A very important feature of stable angina is angina on exertion. The stabbing pain and dull nature, which can better be termed as chest heav...  Read Full »

Can mini-stroke cause stabbing chest pain and breathlessness?

Query: Hi doctor, A good friend of mine was headed to work one morning. He got a stabbing pain in his chest and his vision went blurry. The pain went down his left arm and hand. It eased up, but the numbness stayed in his hand for about a week. He ignored it. A few nights later, he woke up gasping as if he...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am really sorry to hear about it. Chest pain with radiation to arms associated with breathing difficulty and blurry vision points towards classical angina. According to the symptoms, a cardiac event is more likely than a stroke. As per the history mentioned by you, the ...  Read Full »

Why do I have dull cramping with continuous chest pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 37 years old and normally take Hydrochlorothiazide for diastolic blood pressure and Zebeta for S node dysfunction. I am also on Metformin. My HbA1c is 6.1 %. Two days ago, I started experiencing dull cramping chest pain that was not continuous. I went to the ER and all the tests came...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. From the way you are describing, it seems either you had an arrhythmia that time or you had angina pain. Since your blood pressure and heart rate are in normal ranges without medicines, you should avoid any medicines at this time. I would recomm...  Read Full »

My left arm is paining whenever I walk. I think I am suffering from cardiac disease. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, My left arm is paining on walking and I think it is angina. Every time I walk I feel the heaviness in my left arm and pain as well. Nowadays I am noticing left arm pain on walking or doing brisk walking. The pain will be there if I walk for 30 minutes. I am really worried if this is angin...  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. At your age it is highly unlikely that you may have cardiac issue. Arm pain can be musculoskeletal also. I want you to answer few questions. Do you have any family history of cardiac condition? Do you feel chest pain or chest tightness wh...  Read Full »

What causes pressure with pain in chest and arm?

Query: Hello doctor, Two weeks ago I was sitting in front of my computer. I suddenly felt as if a band of pressure surrounded my chest and worsened. The pressure with some pain extended down both arms to my fingers and into my neck and head. It lasted for a few minutes. I have heart disease and 5 stents i...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query, I can understand your concerns and worries and pain you are going through. I hope my reply will clarify your concerns and give you a sigh of relief. - 2 arteries are blocked 40-50%, yes this is moderate disease and do not require stenting. If yo...  Read Full »

How serious is bifascicular block in young people?

Query: Hello doctor, I am wondering how serious is bifascicular block? Is it common among younger people? I am only 30 years old and this came up on EKG. I was very surprised as I live a pretty healthy life. Any ideas what caused this and what steps I should take next?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your worries. It is not common in general population. It occurs mostly in those who have heart attack, angina, have high blood pressure or some valvular disease, especially aortic valve. Other cause is fibrotic degeneration of conduction channels, but it ...  Read Full »

I am a 28-year-old who felt uncomfortable, and my blood pressure was 170/108 mm Hg. Please help.

Query: Hi, I am a 28-year-old who was feeling uncomfortable and came to know that my blood pressure was 170/108 mm Hg. So I went to the doctor, who advised me of the tests, and the results were Total cholesterol 205 mg/dL, HDL 67 mg/dL, LDL 136.5 mg/dL, Triglyceride 106 mg/dL, and Hemoglobin 16.2 gm %. Oth...  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your reports and prescription. At your age, it is not very common to have cardiac disease. But due to familial or genetic causes, it can rarely happen. High blood pressure may have other secondary causes at this age wh...  Read Full »

Can a smartwatch be used in an 80-year-old male with heart problems?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandfather is over 80-years-old and has suffered from severe heart conditions for quite a long time. He underwent a bypass surgery 12 years back and has a heart valve replacement which is not functioning normally; he is considered unfit to undergo surgery to correct it due to his ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I read about the smartwatch. As your grandfather has breathing difficulty, this watch would help monitor his SpO2 (percentage of oxygen in the blood) levels. It would alert if there are any variations in heart rate...  Read Full »

Was my father's death due to pulmonary edema or medical negligence?

Query: Dear doctor, My father died during angioplasty. The treating doctor said that the death is due to pulmonary edema. But we suspect it may be because of a medical negligence. I need a second opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What happens in a heart attack is that the patient's heart is not functioning properly. It does not maintain the speed and pressure required. And therefore, the blood and the fluid collects in the body including the lungs. When the fluid collects in the lungs, a person ...  Read Full »

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