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Living With Congenital Heart Defects by Ben's Friends

ASD/Septal Defects - Aortic and Vessel Defects - Single Ventricle Defects - Tetrology of Fallot - Transposition of the Great Arteries - Valve Defects

Living With Congenital Heart Defects

Chest pain prior to closure

Hi; I was recently diagnosed and currently waiting to get my ASD closed. My ASD was found when I was getting testing for infrequent chest pains while running along and occasional palpitations. Since then, I seem to be getting chest discomforts (pressure, tightness) almost daily and pretty frequently. They are quite short, almost like twinges that last only a second or two. I occasionally feel like I have a constant dullness in my chest which will last longer too. Anyway, question is if anyone else has experienced this prior to getting their ASD closed? If so, did the closure help?

I’ve had 3-4 cardiologist say that it is unlikely to be cardiac (heart disease, etc). My PCP thinks it’s heartburn or GERD, so I take Zantac 150mg once or twice a day, but it’s not really helping. Plus, it doesn’t feel like heartburn. I’m guessing it’s anxiety or stress but I don’t feel all that stressed or anxious anymore. It’s been about 6 weeks since diagnosis, so I’ve moved on from all that anxiety.

Anyway, just wanted to see what other experiences were like.