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

By Anonymous November 8, 2008 - 3:26pm
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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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Hi I'm 20 and I've been noticing irregular heart beats the past few weeks. I am 5'8 female and I weigh 156. I am concerned because I do not have a normal rhythm and I occasionally have chest pains. I can't lay on my left side at night because I start to develop chest pains. My rhythm sounds like: Lub dub Lub dub Lub dub and then a funky sound and it's repetitive. What do you think this could be? I'm stressing out about it and it makes my heart rate go up even more. I have an Echo appt In a few days.

January 21, 2016 - 2:33am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

I can appreciate your concern. You are doing the right thing by consulting a cardiologist or your primary care physician who ordered the echocardiogram.

Cardiac arrhythmias and heart sounds cannot be diagnosed over the internet, and I am certainly not qualified.

Relax, stressing is only compounding an accelerated heart rate.

Keep me posted once you have the test and result.

January 21, 2016 - 10:42am
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My name is yari I'm 22 with two children, I usually wake up every night with a jump and a racing heart some nights are usually worse. I once had my forehead feel extremely numb but decided not to go to the er because my family have a lot of history with anxiety. I can usually calm my heart down but it takes a lot. These seemed to pop up after I had my baby 7 months ago when delivering I had opted for an epidural the anesthesiologist seemed to have hit something they didn't throughly explain it and my blood pressure was raising or falling fast again they weren't explaining well I know I was falling out of consciousness and the nurse kept smacking me to keep me from going over soon I stabilized but I had to force my self extremely hard I had a lot of shoulder and chest pain and after I was on meds for a headache that felt like my skull was bring crushed but I didn't want to take them because I was breastfeeding so I had maybe one or two a day or else I couldn't do anything It felt bearable when I was laying but as soon as I stood up It felt impossible to even walk or see because how strong the headache was after I left the hospital I didn't take any pills for fear of any effects on baby it lasted 2 weeks before it subsided but it was excruciating my milk even dried up I leak clear liquid from my nose usually when I'm bending over or cleaning and that leads to a headache so I'm not sure what's happening to my body

November 12, 2015 - 9:12am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello yari,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us with your serious symptoms.

The headaches and clear liquid coming from your nose, especially if it does not resemble mucus, have me greatly concerned. I cannot say if they are in any way related to the epidural given during childbirth, but I do feel this is abnormal.

This clear liquid from your nose might be cerebral spinal fluid, which is a clear, colorless liquid that surrounds and protects the central nervous system and bathes the brain and spine in nutrients, eliminates waste products and cushions them to help prevent injury in the event of trauma.

I urge you to contact your primary care physician today. You need an appointment to be evaluated as soon as possible. I think an evaluation with a neurologist is necessary as well as diagnostic testing including an MRI if the skull and nasal endoscopy.

Please keep us updated.

November 12, 2015 - 9:35am
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I'm 20 years old female & I've been having so much problems. Ever since I could remember I went to the doctor with hypertension and the doctors always say it's not normal for someone your age! As the years went and ever since I left high school I wake up in the middle of the night with a pounding heart that makes me feel like a heart attack that caused me to call 911 on multiple times. The paramedics and police come and look at me like a nut job. My doctor did some blood work this was in 2012 and the blood work came back fine, now in 2015 I'm having MORE symptoms I get NUMB all over the leg. I was beginning to think I had a circulation problem. Then in the morning I wake up with pounding heart and feel chest pains all over! No specific place and sometimes I feel this weight over my chest,! And now at the moment I had this pain in my right shoulder that got worse when I breath accompanied with chest pains. I just recently seen a cardiologist and they did a echo which came out fine, EKG normal, wore a heart monitor. They said that was normal but at certain times my heart rate would go up with mild excercise and when I get stressed, is that normal? They dismissed it at that and said everything is stress and anxiety related and I need to go on phsymeds but I am very hesitant over that because I hear bad things . Do I have a underlying problem? Is there more I should be looking out for ? Why do I have chest pains everyday? I'm probably going to get some up to date blood work today and I want to go to the ER but they keep looking at me like a NUT. And treat me like I'm stupid! I'm 140 pounds 5'4 I feel like my diet isn't good but I'm working on it. And I don't excercise. I also get frustrated upset really easy. I don't wanna make another trip to a ER with un answered questions. :( but I'm in real pain my family thinks I'm fibbing and attention seeking but I'm not! I feel like I'm dying and the look I get from medical professionals emmbarssing me! Idk what to do. I do feel better with Xanax occasionally, but my doctor won't prescribe because it's asddictive which I can totally understand. :/

November 6, 2015 - 6:31am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hey! I completely understand what you're talking about, I have the exact same symptoms every day, 23 year old male! Doctors keep saying its anxiety but I feel like I could die any minute. Chest pains every day and night, and then it just spirals out of control, it's ruining my life. Let me know if you find anything out, the doctors just think I'm a lunatic X

January 28, 2016 - 5:56am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your concerns. I want to speak with you honestly. I am not here to judge you or to make you feel uncomfortable. I don't think you are making any of this up, nor do I think you are an attention seeker.

You do need to work at controlling your weight. Look at it as a lifestyle change. Take it one day at a time.

Take a serious look at your diet. Replace one unhealthy food with a health choice. For example, if you snack on chips, trade them for raw carrots or an apple.

Downsize your portions. Drink more water. When you feel hungry in between meals, take a glass of water.

Increase your level of activity gradually. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk. Dance. Jump rope. Whatever you enjoy, do it every day. Start at 15 minutes and work up to 1/2 hour.

A healthy lifestyle now will prevent cardiac disease and type 2 diabetes in your future.

I think your symptoms of a pounding heart and chest pain could be anxiety related, because you mention that Xanax helps. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

Anonymous, take a look at these tips for managing anxiety and stress from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,


November 6, 2015 - 10:21am
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hello. I am 21 years old. last night I had a very scary episode. I had sharp shooting and aching pain from the left shoulder blade, down to my elbow, and even a little in my fingers. the pain made its way around my rib cage to the front left of my chest. I couldn't sit, lay, or even move it. terrible pain that left me in tears. was short in breath and nothing would help. finally took a pain pill and knocked me out to go to sleep. woke up feeling better but my left shoulder and arm and chest feel very sore/numb today..... any ideas?

November 1, 2015 - 12:59pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Going to the ER would have been better than taking a pain killer.

Diagnostic testing and a physical exam done at the time of the symptoms would have given you an answer as to the nature or cause of the pain.

Do you have a history of any type of cardiac problem? Have you recently increased your level of exercise? Have you had a recent injury to your upper body?

I suggest you contact your primary care physician today and follow his or her recommendations.


November 2, 2015 - 10:42am
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I'm 23 and for the past 2 years or so, I've been to about every doctor in the book due to a consistent chest pain problem. I would present with the same kinds of symptoms listed here.. Chest pain in the middle/left side of my chest that would move to my left arm, causing tingling feelings and pain. I would have back and neck pain, and because we all have access to the wonderful (or anxiety-inducing) internet, I was convinced time and time again that I was DYING. I took several trips to the ER, saw numerous different doctors of different specialties: Cardiologist, gastroenterologist, internist, infectious disease specialist, acupuncturist (which surprisingly really helped!), and finally a physical therapist. I want to tell all you ladies reading this- no matter how silly you might feel, you should get a full work-up done! I heard time and time again that I had Costochondritis, and I just was convinced it had to be something more. In my case, I have realized its a muscular issue. My muscles are spasming in my chest (pectoralis major and minor) and they bother the nerves that are connected to my arm. Physical therapy really did help me.

I have to admit, although I am armed with all this knowledge that my heart has been thoroughly checked from numerous ER visits and a top cardiologist in NYC, I still to this day get anxiety when this pain happens. I'm constantly thinking, "Well what if this time its NOT muscular, and its something more serious and I ignore it and it ends up being too late!"... I'm currently going through this right now, but typing all of this out is reassuring to me- I am a HEALTHY, active 23 year old woman with little to no family history of heart problems. I hope my situation helps bring others some peace of mind, or some kind of guidance of things that you should get checked out. I had a wonderful primary doctor in New York who was not going to give up on figuring out what was wrong with me! And I have to say that its one of the most important things, finding a doctor who believes you and supports you in your recovery!


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