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Old 07-03-2006, 09:27 AM   #1
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Chest tightness, shortness of breath in a young man: dangerous?

My expertise and personal experience is with arrhythmias. I know little about heart disease.

My 30 year old fiance is somewhat overweight, but not obese. He's been overweight for fewer than 5 years. He eats a poor diet and hasn't exercised in about 7 years (but was extremely fit before that). He recently told me that he has shortness of breath and chest tightness after activity (e.g. climbing stairs or a hill).

In someone his age are these sypmtoms signs of heart disease, or just signs of being inactive? Would getting fit resolve them or does he need to see a cardiologist?

Thanks.

 
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