HomeAnswersGeneral MedicinearrhythmiasI have a rapid heartbeat, pain in the right shoulder blade while coughing, and chest pain. What could it be?

Why does the heart beat rapidly and the chest hurt?

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Published At November 18, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have a rapid heartbeat, pain in the right shoulder blade while coughing, and sometimes pain in the right side of the chest. What could it be?

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Sugreev Singh

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for writing and I understand your concern.

Actually, these symptoms can be due to acidity. When there is acid formation, it causes heartburn, rapid heart rate, and chest discomfort. So, I would suggest you avoid spicy food and caffeine-containing products like coffee and chocolates. Reduce salt intake as well. Drink plenty of fluids like water and juices. I also suggest you take a tablet of Pantoprazole (antacid) 40 mg once daily before breakfast for 5 days.

I have a few questions.

1. Do you smoke or consume alcohol?

2. Do you have any kind of stress?

3. Do you have difficulties in passing stool?

Please let me know.

Kindly consult a specialist, talk with them, and take medicine with their consent.

Hope it helps.

Thanks and regards.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for replying.

1. I had smoked for 2 years but I did not consume alcohol before.

2. Yes, most of my day is about stress and thinking.

3. No, I do not have any difficulty passing the stool.

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Sugreev Singh

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Thank you for quick response.

It is good that you have stopped smoking. In your case, smoking is not the cause of heartburn, but stress is the main cause. When we are under stress, our stomach releases extra acids and due to that acidity, heartburn can be seen.

We can reduce stress by meditation and exercise. Also, changing the diet helps as well, as I mentioned above. If you can tell me more about your stress I can try to help you. I have a few more questions.

1. What are you stressed about?

2. Are you able to sleep properly at night?

3. Do you have any kind of anxiety?

Kindly update with the above questions.

Thanks and regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sugreev Singh
Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine

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