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Dr. Nicolas Madsen

About the Author Dr. Nicolas Madsen

Nicolas Madsen, MD, is a cardiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute, with special interest in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. He is focused on research and community outreach programs to find better ways to screen and educate children and adolescents regarding their risks for heart disease or sudden cardiac arrest.


  1. Hi, I have been struggling with my nineteen year old daughter for months with severe chest pain, and fatigue. she gets winded when walking up and down stairs, and can’t catch her breath after a mile run. She has seen a cardiologist, and a pulmonologist, both of whom have said her heart and lungs are healthy, and no asthma, yet the pain and breathing difficulties persist. Now, she is complaining of tenderness in the area of her spleen. She has had recent blood work, and all is normal. To my knowledge she abstains from drugs and alcohol, and does not smoke. She is not a complainer, and has run 25 miles on a broken ankle, only complaining of some pain….. I am at my wits end. I don’t know were else to turn. Last night she called crying begging me to help make the pain stop. Any suggestions??

    heid - September 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm Reply
  2. My ten year old daughter for last 2 years has complained of chest hurting. This acquires at no given notice just occurs out of the blue. Her father had WPW and a great grandma with Huntington Disease. She was born early due to heart rate very low and under stress, so had an emergency C-section. I am wondering if she may have something wrong or if this is something not to worry about.


    HEATHER - October 30, 2014 at 5:43 pm Reply
  3. My daugther is 8 and she complains about bothe of her ribs hurting what can it be

    nayely - November 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply
  4. Hi my 8 year old daughter has been waking up at night complaining of chest pain it doesn’t last very long because she falls back to sleep pretty quick. This happens about 3 times a night. Her last check up I was told she was a little over weight. Should I be very concerned?

    Melissa - November 9, 2014 at 1:16 am Reply
  5. Dr.,
    Our 8 year old son has complained a few times over the past year about his “heart hurting” when he runs a lot. (Happened at recess a few times i know of) Just recently he has been practicing for a basketball team the past (3) Sundays in a row. EACH time at the end of practice when they would do a scrimmage he would grab his chest toward the end and hold back tears. He is the kind of child that refuses to cry in front of people if at all possible too. He tells me that it feels like somebody is “Squeezing his heart behind his chest” I have felt the heart beat and it did not seem to be beating too fast. Powerful yes but that seemed normal to me due to he has been running back and forth non stop. He does NOT cough. The pain goes away about 10 minutes or so after he stops the running. The only time he complains about he pain is when he is severely active. I just set up a DR appointment with his pediatrician this week but found this site and wanted your thoughts if you would be so kind as to reply. Thank you in advance,

    Chris Russell - November 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm Reply
  6. my 11yr old son has been complaing of pain in his heart for the past 3 days since having the flue jab.they come and go regular even when he is just resting.he was playing on his xbox this evening when he had a sudden sharp pain,he paused his game and had a few tears .he has type1 diabetes so not sure what to do as he seems fine inbetween .

    Heather Clouston - November 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm Reply
  7. My son is 6 years young he has been complaining of his heart hurting as you stated. We will be watching a movie for example and then he will start to cry for he Is in pain. I will feel his chest and it beats pretty hard and fast. Is this common

    Brittany Coll - November 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm Reply
  8. My son is eleven, yesterday while sitting down he had a sharp pain down his left arm and wrist that brought him to tears……tonight he woke up complaining if sharp pains in his chest and that his left wrist and leg were hurting…i am going to be scheduling an appt with his doctor in the morning but am wondering in the meantime what that cld be from or if it is normal as well for his age at times…..thank you

    Rebecca Luper - November 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm Reply
  9. my granddaughter has had chest pains when she runs for 4 years. The heart Drs say that she her heart is find. She is 10 years old, she wants to play sports but if this keep up I don’t know if she can. Please can you tell us what to do? Heart problems runs really high on my side of the family.

    Teresa Kittle - November 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm Reply
  10. My daughter is 8 years old. She has been complaining about chest pains for about 3 weeks. Usually when she is sitting down resting or asleep. She also gets very winded during PE in school. She wakes up at night crying usually because of her chest. Some nights it’s her hips. I was wondering if these pains could be associated with growing. She is average height but higher up on the weight scale for her age. Though that is not due to being fat in my opinion she is just wider then most kids her age. The left side of her chest does seem to protrude farther out then her right by only a little but as a female I would assume that’s normal because most people ( obviously more noticeable in females) are not symmetrical. Is this something that I should be worried about and take her to the er or can it wait until her Dr is back from vacation

    Rebecca - November 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm Reply

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