The way that you describe the chest pain (heaviness) is concerning and does warrant an evaluation by your doctor.
Sources of chest pain can be any of the following:
1. Cardiac (heart)--risks for heart disease include family history, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure
. Classic symptoms include the feeling as if "someone is sitting on my chest". Usually, the pain will start with exercise only and go away with rest. If you have swelling in your legs, this can also indicate a cardiac issue.
2. Pulmonary (lung
for example. Asthma is often described as tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Wheezing and cough are also common.
3. GI (gastrointestinal issues)--acid reflux can also simulate heart attack symptoms such as chest tightness. Usually this will come and go and have a relation to food.
4. Muscular/costochondritis--inflammation of the cartilage of the ribs in the front of the chest. This condition causes pain when pushing on the chest.
I strongly recommend that you have a chest xray, ekg and a lung/chest exam by your doctor to rule out lung/heart issues.
If you have any worsening of your symptoms before you can get to your doctor (pain radiating to your arm or jaw/shortness of breath/sweating/nausea/vomiting) go to the emergency room.
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