Re: My husband just announced for the past month he's had chest tightness in center
I would STRONGLY urge him to check it out.
I'm a 49 year old, 50 lb. overweight sedentary man who never had any history of health problems. Over 9 days, I had 4-5 episodes of a hard to describe feeling in my chest. The closest I can come is to say it felt like I had swallowed something too large, accompanied by a slight discomfort. No pain, no shortness of breath, no sweating, no dizziness. The feeling would last from a few minutes to about an hour. The last time I got it, it didn't go away.
I drove myself to my primary physician's office. He attached an EKG, told me I had an ST elevation, and immediately called 911 to have me transported to the ER (about a 200' trip from the entrance to his office building which is on the campus of the hospital).
Upon entry to the ER, by which time the discomfort in my chest had disappeared, I was again hooked up to an EKG, was told by the attending physician that I was going straight to the catheterization lab because I was having a heart attack and was immediately whisked off to have a 99.9% blockage of the LAD discovered. The blockage was cleared and an eluting stent was put in. Three days later (yesterday) a second stent was put in the Circumflex where I had a 90% blockage.
I was discharged this morning with an EF of 50%, a prescription for Effient, Crestor and baby aspirin, feeling quite well (although I felt fine before, also) and a commitment to exercise and eat better.
In short, I would urge you to have him check it out immediately.