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21 year old with chest pressure

Hello.

I am a 21 year old male who has recently had feelings of pressure around the chest area for almost a week.  The pressure is mostly near the sternum.  I've read some of the warning signs for heart disease and heart attacks and I am a little worried about what it could be.

It started a day after I had a couple burgers from McDonalds.  I left it alone thinking it would go away the next day.  The night after, I decided to go to an emergency room after realizing it hadn't gone away.  The doctors there ran an ECG on me, asked a few questions, and did an X-ray, but said that they couldn't find anything wrong.  

Just recently, I have had trouble sleeping.  I wake up almost every hour at night and I wake up still tired.  Even napping doesn't seem to make the fatigue go away.  

I don't smoke, drink, or do any kinds of recreational drugs.  I had been running daily for a few months before this happened, but stopped due to school taking up all the available time.  Other than that, I don't really exercise as much.  My family also has a history of high blood pressure.

I was hoping that someone would be able to shed a little light on this.  Any suggestion that would help shed light on this whole situation would do a great amount of help.

Thanks,
Michael
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367994 tn?1304953593
If the heart is OK , you can have chest pressure from a digestive problem.  You may want to rule that problem out by seeing a specialist.
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Is it possible that this could be due to stress and anxiety?  I've recently been bombarded with school projects where their deadlines are within days of each other.  Could it be that stress is being a factor?

Just last night, I woke up at around 4 in the morning with my heart racing and my arms tingling.  I was able to calm down and stabilize my heartbeat after 15 minutes and go back to sleep.  I think that might have been a panic attack.  At this point, I'm starting to rule out any heart problem since I'm able to exercise and go about my day without any problems.  So could it be anxiety?
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367994 tn?1304953593
Yes, stress can add to the burden of the heart's workload as well as a trigger to cause a rhythm disorder.
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