During working out, I had an unexpected, acute pain in my left chest, and it worsened when I sat, laid down, or drank coffee. Kindly help.

Q. Is it typical for middle age people to experience chest pain when drinking coffee and working out?

Answered by
Dr. Yash Kathuria
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on May 21, 2023 and last reviewed on: Aug 08, 2023

Hello doctor,

I recently went for a run and experienced severe chest discomfort for a few minutes. My heart rate continued to increase for an hour or two after that. After doing an ECG (electrocardiogram) and determining that my heart was healthy, the doctor said that it was common for persons my age to have chest pain when exercising. It has been two months and I am not sure whether I am just tensing the left side of my chest or if my heart is having issues. This morning I felt pain in the left side of my chest after drinking coffee. I woke up after receiving little sleep, and ever since then, whenever I yawn or stretch, I experience an unexpected, somewhat intense discomfort in my left chest. However, even though working out is a little more difficult than it used to be, I do not feel like I experience shortness of breath or chest discomfort when working out. The aches tend to arise more while I am sitting, lying down, or drinking coffee. Kindly help.



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Please follow the suggestions listed below. Chest pain with palpitations may happen due to various causes like anxiety, thyroid disorder, excess smoking, alcohol, tea, and coffee intake. Chest pain due to the cardiac condition may occur due to pericarditis. Pain here increases on lying and is reduced on bending forward. Coronary artery disease. This occurs due to blockage in the arteries, but your symptoms do not correlate with this. Pain due to yawning or stretching occurs due to musculoskeletal problems or pericarditis. I would suggest you get a 2D echocardiogram done to rule out any cardiac condition. Cut down your caffeine intake, and smoking or alcohol if you take these. Kindly send your ECG (electrocardiogram) reports. Please tell me if you have any family history of cardiac conditions. I hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the reply. There is no history of heart issues in my family. Sadly, I do not have any access to my ECG reports right now because they are back at my house. I will send them to you once I get off work. My ECG is scheduled to happen in about two weeks. I will ask them to add a 2D echocardiogram as well. Thank you.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern. Sure, get a 2D echocardiogram also along with ECG (electrocardiogram). For time being you may take over-the-counter painkillers, like Ibuprofen or Naproxen for pain. You can send me the ECG reports whenever you get time. I hope this helps. Thank you and take care.

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