When I have chest discomfort (almost like a quick pencil stabbing) in place my finger on the spot of pain and can feel my heartbeat in that spot. Is this normal?
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As a skinny person, I feel my heart beat around my body all of the time. Have you lost any weight lately that you now notice this?
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Ask your doctor to do blood test to check thyroid levels. See your doctor. Also check iron levels for anemia.
I’m actually a bigger person so I have some extra padding. Lol.
We did these tests months ago and he seems to think that’s not an issue but I’m not so sure
Trust the blood work. Anxiety and /or stress causing palpitations? ECG done? Holter monitor?
I'm with Sue on both her responses. Trust the blood work and learn how stress and anxiety can not only trigger but exacerbate these pains. You don't mention your age or how often these pains occur……..and more importantly, when you have this pain, then touch the area and feel your heart beat, is your heart beat "normal?" Fear can raise your heart rate, so a slightly elevated heart rate is most likely not an issue, especially if it returns to normal when the pain has subsided. Also, if your heart is beating faster/harder than normal due to fear, it is much easier to feel it beating. BUT…….we are not doctors, and if you are noticing pain in your chest area, you need to have it evaluated by a cardiologist. You said you've had some tests done and were told there was no issue, but YOU are "not so sure." Being "not so sure" creates anxiety. When it comes to your heart, you need to "BE SURE!" Please see a cardio for a thorough examination. Again, as Sue said, this very likely may mean wearing a Holter monitor or a ZIO patch for a week so the cardiologist can "see" exactly what is going on with your heart. And please bear in mind that this pain might not be related to your heart at all. If you pull up a picture of human anatomy, you'll see that the heart virtually "rests" on top of the stomach…..these pains could be originating in your stomach and your assuming it's a cardiac issue. Pain often radiates from one area of our body to another and it takes a doctor to follow that "pain map" to the source. For your own peace of mind, please see a cardiologist. I don't want to scare you, but rather, encourage you to get this checked out. I had a pain in my back for months and was finally referred to a cardio. He probably saved my life as the pain was being referred from the clogged arteries in my heart to my back. I had no chest pain at all. I now have two stents in my heart and for the past 10 years………NO PAIN, NO ANXIETY. Just gratitude…….I want the same for you.
Thanks for that response. Very helpful for sure and I have had a holter monitor in april and they saw nothing unusual other than sinus bradycardia. Had ecco and stress test done last December. Both were good. I am 36 and 260 lbs at the moment
Yes had all done within the last year. Should that be suitable for me even though I still have pain ?
Read up on sinus bradycardia on the Mayo Clinic website. One of the symptoms is chest pain.
jadillow……while the tests you've had fairly recently show good results, the fact that you are still experiencing chest pain 6 months post these tests would be of concern to me. Did they put you on any medication? Once again, I agree with Sue225 that you should read as much as you can about sinus bradycardia from RELIABLE sources like The Mayo or Cleveland Clinics. The more you understand your condition, the better able you are to discuss (and understand) this with your cardiologist. Please know that I am NOT being judgmental about your weight, but it IS a medical fact that being overweight puts a great deal of additional stress on the heart. Was losing some weight suggested as a possibility to help control your bradycardia? While my heart issues (yes…..plural) did not include bradycardia and while the extra 10-15 pounds I was carrying around was not that bad, I was still told to loose it. My weight was far less of a concern to them than was the fact I continued to smoke! How's THAT for being stupid? I still have not been able to stop completely, but I am trying VERY hard and hope to be off totally by the New Year. So, you see why I cannot "judge" you for some extra pounds when I'm sitting here puffing away……I would suggest calling your cardiologists office and talking with his triage nurse or PA. These highly trained professionals will discuss your ongoing symptoms with the doctor and a decision will be made if you should come in for any additional tests. It's a phone call you will not regret making.
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