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Shortness of breath for 3 weeks and light pain in left side

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shortness of breath for 3 weeks and light pain in left side of chest
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Customer: Im 20 and have a history of heartburns and acid reflex
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Customer: nothing I can think of i do exercise and healthy most of the time
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.

Hi and thanks for the query.

Shortness of breath accompanied with pain in the chest, if new onset, warrants an ECG and ruling out of any heart conditions like angina and acute coronary syndrome.

Previously, it was thought that ruling out heart conditions is only necessary in individuals above 40 years of age but since many acute heart problems have been reported in teenagers as well, it is best to get this done and out of the way for peace of mind and in the event that there is something, it should be diagnosed.

Most likely, your previous condition - acid peptic disease is the cause of the pain since heart conditions and stomach conditions mimic each other in symptoms. Once, an ECG is done and is normal, you can start on Prilosec (Omeprazole) 20 mg twice a day and sleep with a head up tilt of about 35 degrees at night to alleviate most of your symptoms.

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