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Hi..I am a 44 year old female, slightly overweight (working on that) and really concerned about my heart! I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure(150/98) and my doctor started me atenolol 25mg and I am now controlled. Anyway, I keep having these attacks that cause me to have pressure in my chest and burping. I can burp louder than most men I know when I get this way. I have been under a lot of stress lately (terminally ill parent...) I did have my heart tested last March (echo, EKG, nuclear stress test) and my cardiologist said that he felt my issues were related to GERD and stress, not my heart. He told me that I can exercise, but I have been afraid to because I am so out of shape and am afraid of having on of these attacks. I also do have chest pain, back, shoulder and facial pain (not just jaw) when these attacks occur , which is actually almost daily. I don't think that I have felt "normal" for over 2 years. I have been told also that this is related to anxiety, but I have never actually been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

I just keep reading so many posts regarding doctors missing heart disease until it is too late, I have 2 small children and really don't want to be a statistic!

Any thoughts or help would greatly be appreciated, thanks for your help!
Thanks everyone:wave: ...I appreciate the response. I am wondering just how accurate the testing is that the Cardiologist does? I had the EKG, Echocardiogram and the Nuclear Stress Test (where they shoot the dye in and take a million mri type pictures of your heart before and after the treadmill). My doctor said that since my "good" cholesteral was high and I am not "high risk" that he really doesn't think my heart is the problem. But then of coarse we read all of the articles stating that women are the most misdiagnosed population as far as heart disease is concerned. I will be 45 in April and was just diagnosed with high blood pressure 3 weeks ago (150/98) and was put on atenolol 25mg daily, so I guess that has prompted me to be more concerned. Sometimes it makes me so nervous that literally go into a panic type of attack and I know that is not good either. Anyway, thank you all again. I appreciate any input you all have!