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Question:


I have a bothersome feeling in my chest.

It is not exactly chest pain it is like a pressure.

I feel something in my chest. It's a tight feeling.

It is a weird feeling in chest.

Could be a symptom of heart attack?

Can you help me?

I am 60 years old.

Ron

Answer:

Dear Ron,

Chest pain doesn't always signal a heart attack.

A heart attack and angina can cause pressure or tightness in the chest.

Coronary spasm can cause varying degrees of chest discomfort.

Spasm of the coronary arteries may occur spontaneously or be triggered by a stimulant, such as nicotine or caffeine.

Coronary artery spasm, which tends to cause episodes of chest pain, can occur with activity or at rest.

Tests you may have to determine the cause of your chest pain include:

-Blood tests
-Chest X-ray
-Coronary catheterization (angiogram)
-Electron beam computerized tomography (EBCT)
-Echocardiogram
-Electrocardiogram (ECG)
-Endoscopy
-Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
-Nuclear scan
-Stress tests

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