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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 , 19 year old female here (20 in 3 months) .. I've been experienced similar issues , two months ago I went into hospital with chest pain ,shortness of breath and random tachycardia ( fast heart rate ) on admition my heart rate was during in the high 120s standing still and once in emergency I experienced an episide when my heart went from 80 BMP to 158 BMP in 10 seconds and I almost passed out , long story short after a week in hospital and a few tests they discharged me with no findinings ( I was told nothing was acute and that my chest pains were most likely muscle issues) and requests for clinic appointments and more tests , after waiting a month and getting no news of appointments i was thinking of seeking advice elsewhere , Id started to feel a bit better I'd had the same continuous symptoms for weeks but then they started to lessen ... Then I had another episode , I decided to get help though a go from then I've had a stress test ( to which they gave me no exercise restrictions ) a 24h halter monitor ( which said my heart got between 42 and 148 , the 148 happened at 7 am when I was asleep ) a blood test ( that showed that I was low in iron and had a viral infection , I'd had a virus around the same time) and an echo ( ultrasound on the heart) ( which said I had developed a slightly enlarged part of the heart and pressure in one of the valves ) my doctor said not to be worried but to attempt to collect my promised clinic appointment with the hospital cardiologist , my symptoms have changed , I have extreme fatigue at random times , not so many high heart rates but the feeling like its an uneven beat or its missing beats or it's too low ,Iv had palpitations and the sensation of a fluttery heart , I have a pressure on my chest at the left side about two inches below by sholder/ collar bone and on the left middle of my chest between my brests and I've had left Brest pain left back/ sholder pain , feeling of a build up in my chest to the point I have to sit up and put my head between my legs , lightheadedness , arm pain , stomach pains like cramps , headaches and feeling like I have a cold ( blocked nose sometimes a sore throat a headache ) ,shortness of breath.. I haven't been able to sleep the past few days for fear that my heart will fail while I sleep , I should note while I had my virus about 3 weeks ago I quit smoking because I felt so sick , I was a 10-20 a day smoker so some symptoms might be coming from that , I've had anxiety and panic attacks before and this us different ... Has anyone else had any if these symptoms or anything similar , what was the end result? - red

May 8, 2018 - 1:10pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am 20 years old, female. My father has a-fib,CHF, a pacemaker and defibrillator. Back in February I fainted and went to the ER, they told me to follow up with a cardiologist, but I didn't have insurance at the time. I recently got it and finally went. I wore a holter monitor for 48 hours, results showed a bunch of things. My rhr ranged from 42bpm to 176bpm, 21 hours of sinus tachycardia and 7 hours of sinus bradycardia. I could literally feel my heart in my chest, get so dizzy to the point I would throw up, chest pains, shortness of breath when I wasn't even doing anything, my feet have been so swollen - 1-2+ pitting edema.. I'm now on metropolol (I don't know if I spelled it correctly). My dad, being on the same medication has me concerned because he has history of heart attacks starting from when he was 30. I recently was reminded I had scarlet fever as a toddler and I know that could be one of the reasons my hearts like this.

September 14, 2017 - 10:35pm
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Hi I'm 20 years old girl obviously over weight.I have hyperthyroidism. I had left arm pain, chest pain and breathing trouble last month.first I consulted a cardiologist he told me to take ECG and Echo test.both was normal.then I consulted a orthopedic. He told me that it was left arm strain nothing else and recommended pain killers.I stopped the medications two weeks before.and now I'm having the same problem of left arm pain chest pain (heaviness), breathing trouble and also dry mouth

August 27, 2017 - 8:09am
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Hi, I'm 20 years old, 5 ft 4 and just under 140 lbs. I exercise almost every day and have always been pretty athletic.

I've suffered from chronic migraines since I was 6 and since middle school have been dealing with anxiety. For the past 8 months I've been feeling heart palpitations (fluttering and occasional rapid heartbeat) 1-4 times a minute pretty much all day, sometimes even when I'm not fixating on them mentally. I've been to my college's health center, had two EKGs that both read normal, and blood tests that I haven't heard anything about.

For the past week, however, I've been awakened from sleep by them and notice different kinds of irregularities--like now instead of my heart fluttering I feel like it is skipping beats altogether and I have to catch my breath after.

Is this more likely because of anxiety than it is a pressing problem?

If it matters, I have to take 600mg Advil + 500mg Tylenol at least 3 days per week to combat migraines, since my prescription meds max out at 2 doses per week. I've had doctors tell me that ibuprofen contributes to heart problems and other doctors tell me that's bogus. (Generally, I've had contradictory information coming from my neurologist, my primary care Dr., and school health center, which does nothing at all to ease my anxiety.)

I'd appreciate any advice that will help me sleep at night, thank you!

July 14, 2017 - 10:55pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You can do three things:
I) wash ur feet in warm water before sleeping this will help you to calm down.
II) take three deep breaths before sleeping n feel those breaths.
IiI) think something positive which u have done in ur whole day .
May be these tricks will help u .
All d best

December 5, 2017 - 11:58am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

As an outsider looking in, I place my bet that anxiety is the cause of your heart palpitations.

Look at ways to deal with your anxiety. Try some relaxation techniques before going to bed. Limit computer use of TV watching before bedtime.

I am concerned about the amount of Advil and Tylenol that you are taking daily. This cannot be good.


July 17, 2017 - 10:06am
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Hi I'm a 20 year old female.
The past week I've been experiencing heavy chest pressure when I move or stretch at times and have been getting extremely strong waves of fatigue around the same time everyday day despite how much sleep I had (so bad that it feels like I can't stay awake because my body is shutting down). The past few days I've been experiencing strong feelings of doom, including dreams about suicide and a few chest pains.
I'm starting to get really worried and looked up the symptoms which resulted in a "heart attack" I'm not sure if that's it, I don't have trouble breathing or the feeling of say an elephant on my chest.

Any thoughts on what I should do?

November 27, 2016 - 10:57pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

These are all common signs of anxiety and depression. You should try less strenuous activities, if you're doing any, ones that work the mind rather than body. Try yoga and meditation before bed.

October 22, 2017 - 1:06pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Consider scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician. Share your symptoms and thoughts.

This may be a manifestation of anxiety, but you want to rule out any underlying medical condition.

Keep in touch,

November 28, 2016 - 9:21am
EmpowHER Guest

This is from a few monts ago bout ill post incase anybody else is worried
Hi im also 20 and i had chest pains when i excercised im 6 2 and about 175 pounds i was out of doing sports for about 2 years and only got back into them recently. I started execercising alot and i got shart pains in my chest for the first 2 months but i dont get them anymore its just when you get back into sports it happens i recon im able to run nearly 15 miles now so dont worry its nothing

November 4, 2016 - 3:52am
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