Testosterone replacements are suspected of increasing heart attacks.
And the FDA is starting a review.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone therapy -- widely advertised as a way to help men improve a low sex drive and reclaim diminished energy -- might raise the risk of heart attack , according to new research.
The increased risk was found in men younger than 65 with a history of heart disease , and in older men even if they didn't have a history of the disease. In both groups, heart attack risk doubled in the 90 days after the men began testosterone therapy, said researcher William Finkle, CEO of Consolidated Research, in Los Angeles.
While it is very unusual for someone your age to have a heart attack at your age, and even younger, fatty streaks can start forming in the arteries which over the years for plaque which can lead to blockages and heart attacks.
That said there some people with certain generic conditions that causes them to have very high cholesterol that have had heart attacks in their 20's.
Also there are a number of other types of heart problems that can cause problems in the teens. These include things like a thickened heart muscle and unusual EKG patterns.
Also there is a condition where the main artery to the arm can be pinched and that possible is the pain that you are having. But there are many other possibility include various muscle/joint strains beside a heart problem.
Sounds like time to visit your doctor and get a complete checkup. Before you go get a family history. You want to find out if you have any family members (including aunts/uncles, cousin, grandparents) that have early heart disease. Before 55 for a male, or 65 for a female. And any one in the teens to 30's that have had a sudden cardiac arrest or died suddenly from unknown causes.
And you are right to be concerned about your diet. While it might not cause immediate problems it does increase you chance for many different diseases as you get older.
While a multi-vit assures that you don't have a gross deficiency, a wide variety of foods is needed to obtained a balance of trace elements and various natural chemicals that help make the body work efficiently and fight off disease.
Basically try and reduce the amount of prepared foods and eat more and more fruits and veggies.View Thread
The mind-body is very powerful. The mind can cause changes in hormones (fight or flight response) which in turn can change blood pressure and heart rate. And noticing those change can cause more anxiety.
And those long term can make physical changes in the body.
Also some times purely medical conditions can trigger the changes in heart rate, which can trigger anxiety.
What ever the trigger it can be a vicious cycle and continues to get worse.
And everything that you are doing right now is just making things worse. Poor diet, no exercise, not getting out.
While the ER and EMT's are good as determining if there is an immediate condition, they are no good for finding "hidden" problems.
You need to get a doctor that you can work with to look at any physical causes and to treat the results of the anxiety.
You also need to see a councilor to help find the triggers to the anxiety and work at methods to help control it (relaxation responses).
Anti-anxiety meds might be needed at the start, but they are not a fix for your problems.
I went through much the same with I was 43, the age that father died from a heart attack. But in my case my symptoms showed up as digestive problems.View Thread
I have had open surgery for bypass. The cut sternum bones take 6-8 weeks to heal. And it can be very painful for a couple of days and when you cough or sneeze for a couple of weeks.
I have had robotic surgery for prostate removal and had almost zero pain. But, besides the robotic there are other minimally invasive methods.
I might have to get this done some day so I have been following different methods and seeing some operating videos on the web.
And the minimally invasive do take longer and that is a concern.
But I can't see how it is more painful.
I saw on video showing a 30-40 yr old out jumping hills on a dirt bike a week after his minimally invasive repair. I am not sure, but I think that his was a mini thoracotomy where they go through the side of the chest.
You might try a google for - mitral valve forum - and find one that has more people that have had repairs.View Thread