Cardiac Symptoms for 3 years and counting...

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I have been having cardiac symptoms for three years now and I just dont know what to do anymore. It all started one day back in 2015. I was about to go to sleep, then I felt like I couldnt breathe.

Now, I'm also only 18 years old. I was 15 when it started. Im not overweight, I have no family history, I have no medical history of any conditions. For three years now I have been feeling pain in my left chest area. Pain often radiates down the arm, into fingers, up to the jaw. Shortness of breath occurs frequently. Palpitations occur frequently. Impending doom feeling occurs.

However, the weird thing is that these symptoms occur spontaneously, meaning they cant be triggered. They dont occur upon exertion. Ill be minding my own business watching television or whatever and BAM, chest pain.

In the first two years, I saw doctors and got tests. I had several blood tests, ekg's, stress tests, chest xrays, and an echocardiogram. All normal. I even had an appointment with the top cardiologist in St. Louis ( a large midland American city with the steel arch). Even he couldnt find a problem.

I dont know what to do

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    Hi Zach,

    Could it be anxiety, it is surprising how anxiety hits out of the blue. We think we are calm then suddenly, heart racing and with anxiety we can feel pain in anyway in the body, especially the heart.

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      I have gotten that answer from many doctors. I was even put on medication. The reason I object that is because Ive never had anxiety before so it makes no sense that it would just pop up out of the blue. I do have a family history of anxiety though.

      its also hard to believe that anxiety would cause textbook heart attack like symptoms.

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      You would be surprised zach, lots of people feel like they are having a heart attack when having a panic attack. Heart attacks are not like you read about or you see on see TV, my husband had one and our friend, besides her husband, knows several people who have had one and not one is 'textbook'. The only advice I would give is, do not take a beta blocker if offered by a doctor, they are bad drugs.

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    I'm really starting to wonder with all the very young people having these heart problems if it has something to do with WiFi and all the electromagnetic waves in the air.

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      Im sure that electromagnetic waves may cause cancer or problems of the nervous system but not the heart. Most cardiac symptoms are a result of a structurally unhealthy heart. As far as arrythmias and palpitations go, maybe. Because arrythmias are caused by disruptions in the hearts electrical system

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