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Old 02-17-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Chest tightness, shortness of breath and light-headedness?

For the past few weeks, I've been having irregular heartbeats and a strange heaviness and tightness in my chest. My heart sometimes skips a beat and I can "feel" it, if that makes sense. This happens in the morning when I wake up, or if I pull an all-nighter. I get out of breath sometimes and feel like I have to inhale deeply a few times before I can feel the "heaviness" lift. Sometimes at night when I'm staring at my monitor, especially if the monitor is high contrast (e.g white text on black), the screen seems to "wobble".

Here are a few facts about me that might come helpful..

1. I am 24 years old, 117 lbs, 5'5''
2. I had a blood chemical and urine test which came out normal, with trace amounts of ketone.
3. My total cholesterol was 166 U/L. My blood pressure was "very good" a/c to the nurse.
4. I had a flu with chest congestion 2 months back, but I'm healed now, though there is very slight wheezing when I exhale deeply.
5. My blood and urine tests showed slight signs malnutrition and stress.
6. I have about 1 cup of coffee a day.
7. I don't smoke.
8. I don't have family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
9. Don't drink alcohol.
10. I stress out a lot (things like deadlines, and berate myself for my screw ups mentally a lot), pull all-nighters, and don't have the best of eating habits, especially the last 6 months. I've been living off canned foods and food rich in sodium, milk shakes and whip cream! Some days I eat no more than a sandwich. However, I never had problems before.
11. I have to walk about 1-2 hours a day (college student) so I would say that I have a moderately active lifestyle.

I just want your preliminary opinion. I will get a physical next week, but it helps if I can get some feedback from you guys so I can tell my doctor exactly what I am going through. I'm not sure if this is called "murmurs", "palpitation" or "arrythmia". Do you think I should be worried? Basically any information would be helpful! Thank you, peeps.


Some additional info: Heres's my blood chemical test report if it helps
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Test Name..|..Result..|..Reference Range
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GLU...........|..80.......|65-110 mg/dL
BUN...........|..10.......|7-20 mg/dL
CREA.........|....0.7....|0.7-1.5 mg/dL
Na+...........|137.......|137-145 mmol/L
K+.............|...4.1.....| 3.6-5.0 mmol/L
CL-............|102......|98-107 mmol/L
Ca.............|...9.5....|8.4-10.6 mg/dL
PHOS.........|...4.4....|2.5-4.5 mg/dL
URIC.........|....2.6....|2.5-8.5 mg/dL
TP............|....7.3....|3.5-8.2 g/dL
ALB...........|....4.1....|3.5-5.0 g/dL
A/G Ratio...|....1.3....|1.1-2.2
AST..........|...20......|15-46 u/L
ALT...........|..24......|15-62 u/L
LDH..........|..404.....|313-618 u/L
CK...........| ....46.....|30-170 u/L
ALKP........| ....64.....|38-126 u/L
GGT.........| ......9.....|8-78 u/L
TBili.........| ....0.3....|0.2-1.3 mg/dL
Chol.........|...166....|0-200 mg/dL
TRIG........| .....53....|0-200 mg/dL

Last edited by unhinged88; 02-17-2011 at 02:01 PM.

 
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:55 AM   #2
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Re: Chest tightness, shortness of breath and light-headedness?

For your age and gender it is extremely unlikely that it is heart related. But there is alway a small chance, even when it is smallest one...

Last edited by Regula; 02-27-2011 at 10:56 AM.

 
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