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Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath, 19 and fairly athletic?

I'm 19 and fairly athletic: run around once a week for 7km and go to the gym on the other days. In the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing some light chest pain and some shortness of breath before bed (I feel the need to take a huge breath once every 5 minutes or so). I have in fact come across these symptoms before, like 8-9 months ago. Anything I have to be worried about?
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replied December 22nd, 2011
Dear 19 year old, I am assuming you are a male. I assume "light chest pain" means "mild" chest pain. You don't mention where in the chest the pain occurs, how long it lasts, whether you have any chest tenderness on pressure, what the pain feels like (for example, burning, squeezing, sharp, sticking, etc), etc. If you have had the same symptoms before, and apparently they do not occur when you are running or exercising, I suspect that the pain is benign and perhaps is local from the chest wall. The need to take a real deep breath is often a stress symptom, and per se is not to worry.


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