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Chest Pain and Feel Suffocate

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: September 24, 2020 2:41 PM

Anonymous 4 months

Hi, I’m a 24 years old girl. Since past few weeks, sometimes I feel pain in the middle of my chest and suffocate. I gained weight, I have difficulties to digest and have heart attack family history. Can you please advise my concern? Thank you very much. And have a good day!

Dr Sri Viknarajan 4 months
General Practitioner


We understand your worries especially with the development of symptoms such as chest pain in combination with feeling of suffocating. This may be a panic attack !

While according to DSM-5, a panic attack is characterized by four or more of the following symptoms

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • A feeling of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
  • Feelings of unreality (derealization) or being detached from oneself (depersonalization)
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Fear of dying
  • Numbness or tingling sensations (paresthesias)
  • Chills or hot flushes

However to diagnose panic attack, it needs evaluation from psychiatry. So, you are advice to see one if you feels like having panic attack.

For your information, central chest pain is a condition that has multifactorial causes such as:

Don’t wait until you get the symptom. Take care of your heart starting NOW.

We understand that you are worried because your family history have heart disease.

To further explore into your condition accurately, further information via discussion is required before reaching a conclusion. Therefore, it is suggested that you refer this to a medical doctor. Please click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors on the line for personalised online consultation. Thank you.

Chest pain can be a symptom of heart disease. Get a cardiologist to weigh in on your symptoms today.

Last Updated: Thu Sep 24 2020 14:41:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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