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I had surgery for a hole in the heart 3 years ago ( never knew I had this until I collapsed and nearly died) and shortly after had keyhole for A.F, which may or may not have been connected.

all is well now and am back to my old life of working hard and dancing.

problem is that I get pains in my heart most days. a bit like a bruise or a dull ache. the doctor says this is to do with the nerve endings and to take ibofrufin when it hurts too much. he couldnt answer when I asked if this is to be a life long pain

I am not over weight and do not suffer from stress, do not drink a lot or smoke. I know my heart is a wierd shape but that is from many years of the blood rushing though the hole

does anyone know the answer please as do not really want to keep taking pain killers?

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    If 'the doctor' is your GP then ask for referral to a specialist because heart pains shoukd be taken seriously.

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    Audrey, anything we perceive as heart pain is frightening because all of our lives it just beats away and we don't even notice it...and then suddenly we are made aware of it...this is the organ than keeps us alive.If it fails were are no more. the secret is to just try and not be focused too much on it. easy to say hard to do. have you questioned your doctor about the health of your heart...really questioned him. Like, is my heart in good condition, is it working effectively, are there any dangers associated with what procedure I have had,is there anything I can do to improve how I feel. if you feel he doesn't know or just cant answer seek a second opinion from some else. ask if there are anymore tests you can have. I do a visualisation where I see myself on a platform with lots of lights and people cheering and I'm saying I am strong and my heart is strong and I am not afraid of the future. Corny...maybe...but it helps. Sportsmen and many others use these methods to help them in their day to day lives. We are all afraid sometimes and that's just normal, just don't let it rule the way you live. Take care and good living!

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      How does anyone really know if their chest pain is of cardiac in origin.

      A&E doctor told my wife that 50% of patients who go with chest pain are told it is not from their heart. 

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      derek76 You don,t know. I think it's about 20% are cardiac related, but who wants to be one of the 20%?  So if you are concerned you should have it checked  out. Better a wasted couple of hours than a serious event. Having said that,  every  time I get an episode of AFIB with my heart rate off the scale and dizziness chest pain jaw pain and nausea, I think I'm having a heart attack. Because I've had AF for so long I very rarely go to emergency, That's my decision, I wouldn't advise anyone else, it a choice I make. I am aware when it's getting out of hand however it is risky. if you feel it's not right go to hospital.

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      I've been well checked out! Had my aortic valve replaced in 2012 and that was what put me into AF. I now have a pacemaker and will be having an AV node ablation sometime.

      My chest pain is caused by GERD and indigestion and I have had that for over 30 years.

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    Ask to see a cardiologist. Dont let the GP fob you off. Any pain anywhere that happens on a daily basis ought to be checked.
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    Immediately after my ablation, I did have a pressure in my heart but that went away in about a week. 

    If u r on any blood thinners, pls check with your doc because mine told me the only pain killer I could take was Tylenol -- no ibuprofin.  

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      thank you for all these replies which I have only just read. ( I assumed I would get notified of any) I will call my doctor today and get an appointment to have further checks done. thanks you to you all . I suppose it is in most of our natures not to make a fuss
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    I would like to thank you all again. I called the doctor and am having a chest xray later as the first step tp finding out whay I am still in so much pain and am also keeping a pain diary
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