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I'm having chest pain left side to right by my sternum, when

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I'm having chest pain left side to right by my sternum, when I inhale it hurts the worst hurts to swallow and hurts hold my breath
JA: Have you ever dealt with this before? Are you having any shortness of breath?
Customer: Yes short of breath, hard to catch my breath. And I have asthma and scar tissue from histoplasmosis but I haven't felt any pain like this before
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Histoplasmosis scar tissue and asthma
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 month ago.

What is your age and gender?

Any history or family history of heart disease, high cholesterol?

Are you a smoker?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
20 year old female
My father has had 3 heart attacks and has 6 stents
Not a smoker
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 month ago.

Your symptoms are likely due to;

Esophageal spasm


Acid reflux

In young females of your age group, heart disease is highly uncommon.

But the medical guidelines are to get an EKG and echocardiography for all the chest pain which are moderate to severe in intensity. The chance of heart related issues in less than 1-2%, but that is worth enough for getting them for all.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 month ago.

Following should be the possibilities in your case (in order of decreasing incidence);

1) GERD would be prime consideration as it is one of the commonest cause for non cardiac chest pain.

2) Hiatus hernia

3) Esophagitis

4) Costochondritis; it is inflammation at the junctions of rib and cartilage or with the breast bone / sternum. Local analgesic ointment, or spray, chest brace and warm compresses with Ibuprofen is helpful. Another possibility is muscle sprain. Please read about the costochondritis;

5) Esophageal spasm

6) Pleurodynia

7) Polychondritis

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