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Saturday, May 29, 2010 em-lou, Community Member, asks

Q: Why does my chest feel heavy and my heart pound?

For the past few weeks on and off, my chest has felt really heavy and my heart has been pounding at the same time.  I have tried to look up the symptoms but have now frightened myself by thinking that these are heart attack symptoms.  I have been feeling extremely tired lately despite sleeping seven hours at night (the first time for probably 10 years) and have put on four stone in nine months despite my diet staying the same, which may be a factor. Has anyone suffered the same symptons or know what this could be?

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MonicaRD, Health Pro
5/30/10 10:33pm

Hi em-lou, 

I encourage you to see your physician as soon as possible to determine if you are having a heart attack, some type of arrhythmia, or something else. The weight gain could be due to your body not processing fluid properly, which can also be cardiac-related, and the feeling of fatigue even with adequate sleep is troubling, as well.

Here are some links that might be helpful to you:

7 Ways Your Body Says You’re Stressed

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Chest Pain (overview)



Best of luck,

Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD

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By em-lou, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/14/14, First Published: 05/29/10