Pulling sensation in chest
I have had several instance where it feels like something pulling or tearing in my chest, and I called the doctor some month ago. Due to my computer being down, (voip phone) I did not get a message that they had set up a stress test until the reminder call the afternoon before, which was not possible of me to keep. I have regurgitation in all four valves, the aortic being the most severe (moderate to severe regurg). I have had regular echos for the last few years and was not to see the doctor for a whole year as of my last echo and visit. When these episodes occur, it feels like something tearing or pulling and I have an instance of not being able to get my breath momentarily, and then I am fine. I have had some episodes of feeling like I was going to faint, but I routinely have an extremely low BP. The area is just above the breast of the left side of my chest under the clavicle, if anyone knows their anatomy. I rescheduled the stress test but they cannot do for a couple of weeks, and even then I will not have the actual treadmill test due to other health issues, but rather the thallium, or other artifical inducement of stress. I just wonder if I should wait a couple of weeks to see the cardiologist in light of my history and the fact that I have 4 compromised valves. What do you guys think? I had the last "episode" just prior to my calling on August 9, but that was the 3rd or 4th time that it happened over the last 4 months. Had a negative cath just over 2 years ago, and TEE was done around the same time. No other heart issues but do have elevated triglycerides despite statin therapy. Cholesterol levels have been controlled with statins.