Chest Pains

I have been dealing with chest pain for the past couple of years with it getting worse.  Several weeks ago, I had a cardiac cath done which showed the one of my arteries was 40% blocked and that my heart must beat 5-6 times to pump the blood to the heart muscle.  My doctor put me on a calcium channel blocker which caused my blood pressure and pulse to drop to 85/42 and 42.  A week after they put me on the new medicine, I ended up in the ER with severe chest pain, thought I was having a heart attack.  Thankfully I was not having one, but they could not figure out what was causing the pain.  They did a EKG, which was abnormal  and a chest x-ray.  I was told that it was not my heart.  I am scheduled for an upper GI on Thursday, but would like to know what might be causing the pain.  I have not broken or bruised any ribs which may be causing the pain either.

I am still concerned this was your heart. Women often have atypical symptoms:
One way to test for this is with a stress test:
If not related to your heart, there are many other causes:
Last, but not least, make sure you start with other heart disease treatments such as statins. Try to lose weight, stop smoking, diet & exercise:
You also may be taking too much of your new medication. Go back to your doctor for advice and some changes!
Hope this helps,
Dr T


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