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rgy1998, May 18,  2020  8:47am EST

Chest pressure

For seven years I've had occasional pressure across my upper chest, and my cardiologist is treating it with drugs and is calling it angina.  The symptoms are now frequent - each day - and happen on a simple walk.  It feels like a 300lb gorilla is sitting on my chest, but the sensation disappears in about 30 seconds, when I stop to recover.  Is this a typical sensation for people with CV conditions?  Does increased emotional stress exacerbate this?

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  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, May 19,  2020  8:11am EST

    I've had very similar feelings in my chest but not as frequently as you've described. I am over eight years past my surgery. I have complained to my cardiologist about it and she has given me stress tests as a precaution. The results are always good so she isn't concerned about it. She has suggested it could be related to gastrointestinal. I have always found it concerning so I bring it up whenever I visit her. As long as we make our doctors aware of what is happening with our bodies and they are acting on it, we've taken the proper course of action.


  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, May 20,  2020  9:05am EST

    Good morning, I can share what we have on angina with you as well. My one thought is if you feel like this is something you should pursue, then seek a second opinion. That is completely your option and might help put you at ease.  Best Katie

  • rgy1998
    rgy1998, May 21,  2020  9:06am EST

    Thank you James and Katie for your comments - both very helpful.  I hadn't thought of GI distress, but that could be the case here.  My situation sounds similar to James'.  I'll seek other opinions about this.  Yesterday;s cardiac cath shows no change from 18 months ago, and no stents are needed as yet.

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, May 21,  2020  9:11am EST

    Ok. Thank you for the follow-up and know that we are always here. Best Katie

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