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Old 10-15-2003, 07:30 AM   #1
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Could someone please tell me what is happening. I occasionaly have a quick sharp pain in my heart that stops me in my tracks. This morning it dropped me to the floor in pain. I only lasts a second or two but the left center of my chest is tender to the touch and my left arm in a little numb. I suffer from high anxiety and stress, but was not bothered by anthing at the time. I am 37 yrs old and about 50 lbs overweight.

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Old 10-22-2003, 11:23 AM   #2
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I have had the same thing for about 2 weeks now. A quick, sharp pain the the bottom right side of my heart (if looking down) that once every couple of days. Lasts just a second or two and doesn't seem to be quite as intense as yours. I'm only 21 years old, exercise regularily, physcially fit, etc. If anyone has any idea's, it looks like we both would like to hear them

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Old 10-30-2003, 02:29 PM   #3
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praecordial catch aka Da Costa's syndrome

Old 10-31-2003, 05:16 AM   #4
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DJBlod is exactly right. People, like me, who suffer from anxiety and/or panic disorder, have a tendancy to suffer these types of chest pains, also known as DeCostas syndrome.
Named after the physician who discovered it after WWII.
Dr. DeCosta observed many soldiers with the same symptoms, but they were fine cardiac-wise.
Get the book THE ANXIETY DISEASE, by Dr. David is a great paperback that explains this and other anxety problems. Dr. Sheehan is a world expert on the disease.

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