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Chest pain and rapid heart rate.

I am a healthy 20 year old male. I have smoked pot on and off for a year and smoked cigarettes pretty regularly. I just quit 4 days ago because I was experiencing problems. I ended up in the emergency room about two weeks ago thinking I was having a heart attack but the ER doctors and my general health practitioner shrugged it off as anxiety and prescribed me 50mg Zoloft. I have been on it for about two weeks and noticed no change, it actually seems to be getting worse. Today I ate a meal and my heart started beating very rapidly and took a while to calm down. I have also been having chest pain, shooting pains every once in a while. I leave for vacation in two days and I''m wondering if it really is anxiety and I need to wait it out or if there is another, more serious, issue I need to deal with.
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replied April 27th, 2011
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

Anxiety can present in different forms and is usually common to present as chest discomfort and palpitations.

The best way to rule out other conditions would be a EKG, chest x ray, echocardiogram and a holter ekg.

You might consult a cardiologist for proper evaluation and treatment.


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