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ask: What is the likliness of a 20 year old female having a heart attack?

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- 2o year old female
- had an EKG done recently and they said it came backgood
- was at hospital for chest pain they said it was chest wall pain, but now it feels like im having sharp pains in my back (top of my back)
- but feels like i was having some pain in the neck at the side i don;t know if its bc im thinking of it bc they said if any signs liek that occured to go to ER again or call 911
- also have anxiety/panic attacks

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I woke yesterday moring around 530 to what I believe was a anxiety attack but I'm still having the symptoms I woke up with and it is now 32 hours later. I have a sharp pinching sensation in my chest under my left breast I also have pains in both my arms and a numb feeling in both my arms as well I feel bloated and full as well . In only 20 years old could this be a heart attack? I have the implant in my arm for birth control and I've heard of it causing blood clots in the lungs and i guess it doesn't make it any better that I smoke. In really scared I have a heart condition or have had a heart attack.. is it possible that I had a heart attack? Or is it just anxiety?

August 17, 2014 - 11:10am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for this post. It may well be the residuals of a heart attack but with numbness and the fact that you are on birth control and smoke - I wouldn't take the risk. Please see a doctor straight away. Will you keep us posted?



August 19, 2014 - 5:47am
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I was 19 just 4 months from turning 20 when i went to the hospital because of high blood pressure. I was 39 weeks pregnant. They told me they were going to induce that day but they kept me for 2 days before they finally had a C Section. The antibiotics and fluids they gave me during those two days filled my lungs and caused heart and kidney failure.

July 22, 2014 - 7:56am
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i'm 20 yr old girl .i've been having pain on the left side of my chest ,i can feel the pain right behind my left breast,its been just two days,i was asleep but due to severe pain i had to wake up in the middle of night.I wanna know what it could be,is it something related to coronary atery disease ?! or is it GERD??? (sry for poor lang)... plz help!

November 21, 2012 - 2:03am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Nothing is impossible but it's more likely to be GERD in a healthy 20 year old woman that heart disease.

However, GERD can be very hard on the body so you need an evaluation either way as we can't confirm what it is. Please call your doctor for an appointment and ask if it's a good idea to try some Zantac or other OTC medication for heartburn to see if it eases your discomfort.



April 11, 2013 - 1:26pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

Your symptoms are broad - do you have a history of heart disease? Or anxiety? Panic attacks can literally make people think it's their heart that is the issue.

With GERD, you should have heat in your chest and a burning sensation - do you have this? Let us know and we can advise your further. Also remember that while very unusual, young people can and do have heart issues so call your doctor if you get concerned in the meantime.

We look forward to hearing back from you,


December 5, 2012 - 2:23pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

i have shortness of breath, huge pain in the middle of my chest thats like fire burning. its radiating into my back, shoulders, and tops of arms. dizzy, very nauseous. i'm 20. is this a heartattack?

April 11, 2013 - 10:19am
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Hi , I have just turned 20, but I have been having pinching chest pain near the heart since a year, I was not sure about this but most of the people say that the ones who are under20 cannot have a heart disease but now the pain is increasing day by day, I feel very lazy and prefer taking rest all the time, I get fluctuating temperature on daily basis with increased sweating, frequent urination, daily headache, tremors and dizziness. To add I am a very sensitive person and I get frequent anxiety attacks. Please help with increased explanation.

October 9, 2012 - 8:47pm
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Hey, I'm twenty and for about a two weeks or so my left upper inner arm has been hurting I cant describe the pain its sort of a dull sort of pain and burning at the same time and I havent lifted anything heavy and i get occasional sharp pains under my left breastbone and it feels rather tight, I also get tired whilst walking up the staris and I'm not overweight and I have developed a sharp pain inbetween my shoulder blades at the top and pain in the back of my neck that doesn't persist for long also the other day I felt as though I had indigestion.

August 2, 2012 - 8:02am
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Wow. They diagnosed me with costochondritis too. I'm a 20 year old female. I've had chest pains for a long time now probably 6 months. And the pain would leave me really scared and my head would go numb. Like blood would rush down. Then that pain moved on to my neck, like sharp, pulsating pains. And now I have pain in my arms, fingers, and legs. But specially my right Arm. I've taken blood tests and everything is normal for me. Even ekgs. I have trouble sleeping sometimes, and I wake up a lot in the middle of the night. I've taken anvil, ibuprofen, and tylenol but that doesn't really help. Does anyone know
what this is?

May 6, 2011 - 4:59am
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