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Is this what you are writing about? It is indeed called a pectus excavatum. If severe, it may compress and displace your heart and lungs and may need to be fixed. It is sometimes associated with other anomalies such as scoliosis and occasionally, Marfan syndrome and Mitral Valve prolapse (MVP) occurs in this type of patient. MVP occurs more often in women than in men.
These episodes of recurrent respiratory illnesses and discomfort made worse with positioning are indeed suggestive of complications associated with a pectus excavatum. Whether this is just because of local compression of your heart and/or lungs, or because of other cardiac problems such as MVP, I don't know.
However, your symptoms are such that I recommend a complete evaluation that may well lead to corrective surgery. It should include a cardiac echo, a CT scan such as the one above, lung function studies, as well as consultations with probably a cardiologist and finally a thoracic surgeon with experience in this type of operations (not every one will be!)
Hope this helps,
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