Chest Tightness and Dizziness

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Submitted by Dr T on August 1, 2011 – 5:26am

Question: 
Hi I recently got out of breath when running. Since that about a week ago I have had constant tightness feelings in my chest on the left by my armpit and sometimes up to my shoulder. This can make me dizzy as I feel I am not getting enough oxygen; what could it be?

See your doctor. Most likely, this is a form of chest pain called angina (follow the links):
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-diagnosis/chest-pain

You need you blood tests, an EKG and probably a stress ECHO:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-diagnosis/exercise-stress-t

You should check your risk for heart disease here:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/risks-benefits/cardiovascular-risk

This is a questoinnaire to help analyze your chest pains:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/app/chest-pain.php

Hope this helps,
Dr T

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