I was at the end of my 61 years and two weeks before my 62nd birthday, I begin having chest pain while swimming. I have been lifting weights and swimming for about 5 years and am in very good shape for my age. I could not finish my lap swimming when this happened and went and did my weight lifting for a few days and then tried swimming again. No pain during weight lifting but the same thing occurred while swimming and then it began to be painful just walking and finally it was hurting while sitting. I went to urgent care and was hospitalized. They took all types of cardio tests and all were positive with no heart disease problems until I was given a cardio catherization where the doctor said that there was one of my small arteries that had blockage and they put in a stent. I have rested for a week and not working out till this morning where I did a short workout and some running and the pain is back. I don't think they found the answer for even after the stent was put in, I had pain for a few days and then did no exertion at all till today and have the same problem. I have no history of heart disease, no high blood pressure, no cholesterol problems or anything like that. The pain and tightening is more in the middle and slightly to the right of my chest. What could this be?
If it is in the middle and towards the right, that would be your stomach with your liver a bit further to the right at the base of your ribcage. You may just have incipient ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. A half inch ulcer can cause real pain and then resolve itself as soon as you change position so the ulcer is not soaking in acid. It is a very cheap test (and some people get bad breath as a symptom of H. pylori also if that helps at all).
Good luck, I'm for the Cardiologist in about two weeks. :-) (I'm 51)
Angina can be where your describing it depends on what part of the heart is involved to where the location will be.
With your history of good health it's going to be hard to accept that it could be cardiac. Think about it... following the shock of finding out you have heart problems is denial.
You have committed to it being cardiac by the stent that was done. They don't do stents without seeing a blockage first.
Did you start exercising too early?
I would follow up with the cardiologist and tell them what your experiencing.
It may be superficial like costochondritis. But you must get the serious stuff ruled out first.
The fact that you are in good health made this a lot less serious than it may have been.
Congratulations on your commitment to work out.
DARIUS; Yes really with WINDchim on this I think a good talk with your heart doctor is in order and find out when you can begin your swimming etc. And tell the doctor what you have been going thru already and that it is hurting in the same place. IT could very well be healing inside of you there are lots of muscles and skin or tendon etc don't know how the did your repair but don't take chances and follow the doctor's orders. Best of luck and Happy new year Glad they found the one blockage before it really became a problem. Chuck1957
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