• Freda Bair Freda Bair
    February 03, 2009
    Burning sensation on left side of chest?
    Freda Bair Freda Bair
    February 03, 2009

    When walking outside up and down hills, I get a burning sensation in my chest on the left side.  It is not a pain; it's just a burning sensation and deep breathing and coughing helps relief the sensation.  This has been happening off and on for several months. Should I be concerned?



  • Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    February 04, 2009
    Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    February 04, 2009

    Because your discomfort is effort-related, it raises the possibility of heart disease.  Chest discomfort due to coronary artery disease is described in many ways: burning, cramping, sharp, dull, pressing, and more.  Females tend to exhibit their symptoms in more different ways than males, sometimes making it a challenge to establish a diagnosis. 


    I suggest you make an appointment with your physician for his evaluation of your symptoms.  This will include a history, an examination, and an electrocardiogram, after which your doctor will be in the best position to determine the cause of your discomfort.  He may request further testing based on his impressions.


    If heart disease is ruled out, other possibilities include a gastrointestinal source such as gallbladder disease, ulcers, hiatal hernia, etc.  Your lungs are also on the list of possible causes.  Your doctor will work through these possibilities with you.  Most of the other causes are less serious than heart disease and can wait until the heart has been ruled out as the source.


    So call for an appointment as soon as possible.  In the mean time, I would curtail your activity until this puzzle is sorted out.


    Here are some articles you might find of interest:


    7 Lifestyle Strategies to Decrease Your Risk of a Blood Clot


    Not Overweight, But Still At Risk for Heart Disease


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    • kiwana
      November 24, 2009
      November 24, 2009

      been experiencing burning at times pressure, SOB...coughing as well as deep breathes, taking Tylenol pm puts me to sleep when unbearable. have had countless ekg counducted during trips to the ER. heart however ruled out. there was a time suspected tests were conducted to rule out Embolus in lung. that was negative.

      Am always tired, irritable is more like it.

      There are also times my muscles cramp. Very discomforting. realized eating a banana counteracts such.

      Then again could my avid coffee drinking, 6 or more cups be a contributing factor. i am under alot of stress, and sleeping is certainly  not a treat given to me. When i do sleep am restless.

      any ideas.


    • Bettyshauna
      December 01, 2009
      December 01, 2009

      I am 34yrs old and I am having the same if not similar symptoms. I went into the doctor 8 days ago with pain in my chest at my middle to upper sternum area. He diagnosed me with Costochrocrondirtis. Then the pain changed and start to also burn,itch and tingle under my left breast,under my left armpit and around to my back/shoulder blade area. Back to the doctor and he then said I have shingles. I have yet to develope a rash and it has been 8 days since the pain started.

      Should I be conserned about heart disease at my age?


    • Na Na
      January 18, 2010
      Na Na
      January 18, 2010
      the funny thing is I had similar symptoms. But as time moved on every time after I ate I would get a pain in the middle of my breast plate and the pain would pan to the right not left. It only lasted a few moments and then would go away. Then the next day after I ate the same thing and of course would go away. The third say it did not happen until two hours after lunch and then as before it went way but this time I felt pasty,I wanted to throw up and pass out at the same time. But it went away. This scared me. I worked until the end of the day (2 1/2 hr spand) and drove myself to the emergency room. They did all sorts of test and found nothing. But my ekg was slightly off not much at all to worry about. But the doctor kept me for ops. Blood work perfect ultra sound of heart perfect. But becuase of my systems when exsplained it bothered them. So my doctor did a cathorization which they shoot dye in the heart. There it was two clogged arteries. 70% in one and 75% in the other. Two stents were put in and diet change. No high coholesterol problems and no family history of heart disease. READ MORE


  • whitetaildisabled May 12, 2015
    May 12, 2015
    I had burning walking up hills upon exertion,I had all heart tests done ,and they showed nothing,so I had the heart catheterization done and needed immediate dubble buy pass 90% blockage I am and was in ,I thought great shape ,I the jeans READ MORE
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