Why do I suffer from chest pain?
Q: I am 34 years old male suffering from chest pain for the last one week. I consulted a doctor who diagnosed it as costochondritis. But I'm not having inflammation in the area. My pulse rate is 82/minute and latest blood pressure readings are 120/80 mmHg. I need to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day. Does this affect me?
A:The history relates to a young corporate officer of 34 years. He complains of chest pain but there are no more details that whether it is constant or is there any aggravation with activity or exercise. Most likely it may be nonspecific in nature but more detailed history will help to rule out any underlying cardiac cause. He may be advised to consult the local physician again and in case of doubt an ECG Exercise (TMT) can be done to rule out any underlying Coronary Artery Disease. As he has a sedentary job, he should try to do regular exercise, be careful about eating habits and should not smoke if he is doing so.