Re: Angina at 38?
I read your whole post and it's hard to say whether you might feeling angina or not; although, what you could describe could fit it.
First off, and not to scare you, but yes, 38 year olds can experience angina. I had turned 35 and started experiencing angina. I didn't know what it was at the time. I didn't feel it in my teeth, but it did manifest itself as a pain in my shoulders and more pronounced on the left side. It was a dull ache rather than anything sharp. I felt a little short of breath, but never felt a crushing chest feeling. Then again, I was also an uncontrolled diabetic, which can affect how I experience angina and probably with the rapid progression of CAD/CHD. I was 80 lbs overweight, sedentary, had hypertension (treated), high triglycerides (treated), low HDL, and LDL usually less than 100. Essentially, I had metabolic syndrome (syndrome X).
I am guessing that since you saw the dentist, there were not cavities, nor gingivitis to be concerned about. With gingivitis, one test would be to drink something extremely cold and see if the pain increases.
If you chest pain increases upon exertion, then yes, that does fit. Mine increased also and never attained a level that was so bad that I had to stop. The night before my MI, the pain was excruciating in my shoulders and across my chest.
You said you had a stress test without radionuclides a few years ago. In your shoes (and knowing what I know now and wishing I had done this years ago) is schedule an appt with your physician as soon as he/she can see you. Request a stress test with Thallium and the Technicium tracer (Cardiolite...Sestamibi) to image you after you finish the treadmill exercise. That will usually catch any ischemia, but as others in here can recount from personal experience (I am thinking of the what happened to Zip2play), it won't catch it in everyone. The full stress test did catch both areas of my heart tissue where the blood flow was reduced.
I waited until after a heart attack to go in, and got lucky. I have since dropped the weight, exercise (run) daily, and eat carefully now. Hopefully, what you are experiencing is not angina, but should it be, it's better to take action now rather than wait.
Last edited by ubernier; 03-09-2004 at 10:04 AM.