ZocdocAnswersI am not feeling well, is there anything to worry about?

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I am not feeling well, is there anything to worry about?

Shortness of breathe,rapid heartbeat,pain at center of chest,blood pressure 80/40

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You should make an appointment with a primary care doctor as soon as possible. I do not know your medical history but those signs that you've mentioned above are concerning. The combination of shortness of breath, chest pain, and a low blood pressure are concerning for a possible heart attack. The rapid heart rate could also play a role. People who are suffering from a heart attack have crushing or pressure like chest pain that can radiate down the left arm or left jaw. It can cause shortness of breath, nausea, and diaphoresis. A heart attack can occur when the blood supply to the heart is blocked by plaque. If the heart muscles are damaged from a lack of oxygen rich blood flow, the heart muscles do not function normally, which can lead to low blood pressures and shortness of breath. During this time, the heart can suddenly enter an arrhythmia, which is an abnormal heart rhythm. Another concerning condition that can fit with your symptoms is a pulmonary embolus which is a blockage in the lung. It can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain, and palpitations. People who are at risk for a pulmonary embolus are women, obese people, smokers, people who take estrogen, and a history of immobility. It is difficult to asses your symptoms right now but you should make an appointment with a primary care doctor as soon as possible. If you are still having these symptoms right now, you should go to your local emergency room.

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