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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.

Comments:

  1. Hi, I am a 15 year old boy and have been having Chest pains on the left side of my chest near the heart for months now. It’s only when I lie down to sleep and if I turn over into certain positions the pain goes away. Any help appreciated

    Harry - September 11, 2015 at 8:57 pm Reply
    1. Hi Harry – I think Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this blog post will help provide you with some of the information you’re looking for. Only about 1% of children and teens with chest pain will have an underlying heart problem. If you still have concerns, contact your regular doctor and your answers to the above questions can help guide your conversation.

      Kate Setter - September 16, 2015 at 11:43 am Reply
      1. I have a question my chest is hurting in this never happen I’m scared to go to sleep why is it hurting ????i want to cry right its hurting in the middle please reply back

        Destiny Thomas - February 1, 2016 at 11:46 pm Reply
        1. Hi Destiny,

          I am sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. It would be difficult for Dr. Madsen to determine the cause of your chest pain in this type of setting (on a blog post). If you haven’t already, please watch Dr. Madsen’s video above, as it may help you determine if a trip to your main doctor is warranted. And your answers to the above questions can help guide the conversation.

          Rachel Camper - February 2, 2016 at 10:35 am Reply
    2. The same thing has been happening to me! (I’m a 15 year old girl) thanks for asking this

      Savannah - November 8, 2015 at 12:12 am Reply
  2. I am a 20 year old student. I get mild pains in left side of my chest along with some breathlessness. This is happening from last 3 months. It is only when I get panic or in tension. I have been in stress from last 2 months due to failure in my exams. Is this anything to worry about? I get afraid.

    George - September 15, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply
    1. Hi George – I think Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this blog post will help provide you with some clarity. Only about 1% of children and teens/young adults with chest pain will have an underlying heart problem. If you still have concerns, contact your regular doctor and your answers to the above questions can help guide your conversation.

      Kate Setter - September 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm Reply
  3. My 7 year old son is playing football for his third season (season 1 at 5, season 2 at 6, etc.). Up until very recently he has had no complaints about any kind of ailments. After the last game this Sunday, he complained of his chest hurting and his “heart hurting.” This was due to his heart beating very fast. I am helping coach so I had him stay out of the game for a while and lift his arms above his head. It was at the end of the game so he did not go back in. We then had practice again yesterday, and he was fine until we had the kids run a big lap around a baseball dugout before a scrimmage. He came back complaining again that his chest hurt and asked, “Dad, look you can feel my heart through my pads.” I could, it was beating very fast and hard- but I have no idea to what extent it should not be after sprinting for a long run. He was obviously in pain and crying so I pulled him and had him sit with his mom to monitor him for a period during the scrimmage, at some point, he came back on to the field and said he was ready to play and he did and he appeared to be okay after the practice. No more chest pains. The thing that is freaking me out is that he is doing this after strenuous exercise and gameplay. I am not having him participate until we see a doctor and seek further medical investigation. But based on my descriptions, do you have any advice or perspective that you could offer to the situation? I am really worried about my son.

    Bart - September 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply
    1. Hi Bart – If you haven’t watched Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of the blog post, please do, as it often answers some questions. Because your son’s pain occurs after exercise, Dr. Madsen would certainly recommend that you have him checked out by your pediatrician and maybe also a pediatric cardiologist, which sounds like exactly what you’re doing. Your answers to the 6 questions in the blog post can help guide your conversation with your doctor. You are headed in the right direction making an appointment for him.

      Kate Setter - September 16, 2015 at 11:29 am Reply
      1. Hi, just wondering why is it that through this whole Web page you don’t mention anything about Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome? I have been reading many comments and questions about parents concerned of their kids symptoms and some are symptoms related to WPW. This is something that needs to be related to them. Even though it is not very common it is very important that any person concerned of chest pain or anything related to the heart should be made aware of that heart condition. My daughter, 2 yrs old, nearly died because my husband and I almost ignored these symptoms that parents are mentioning on this pg.

        Jocelyn - December 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm Reply
        1. I was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome ( was very hard to diagnose) most dr missed and suffered for a lot of years. I had the procedure a few years back and now I am ok. but I worry that my 13 yrs old daughter might have the same thing because she complains of the same pain I had.

          Georgeta Swartz - January 13, 2016 at 1:51 am Reply
    2. You may want to ask your sons Dr. about Wolff Parkinson white syndrome. My 2 yr old had the same symptoms that you described and we thought it was nothing but then she started complaining of her chest hurting so we took her to the ER and they immediately rushed her in. She was going through a cardiac arrest. Her heart rate was at 285…she fainted in my arms. She was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome while in the Intensive Care Unit. Please do some research on that and try not to ignore any symptoms. Best of luck and hoping your son is feeling better.

      Jocelyn - December 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm Reply
  4. Thank you very much for your video. My daughter and I watched it, and I think that it has helped her some with her anxiety about her chest hurting. She’ 8 and she’s had these episodes of her “heart hurting” for about a year and a half. At the beginning of the episodes, her pediatrician checked her and said that she showed an arrhythmia, so I had her checked by a pediatric cardiologist just to be safe. All was clear with her heart and he basically gave us the same information that you have in your video. She’s continued to have these sharp stabbing pains in the left side of her chest under her breast, and sometimes they are in the middle of her chest and sometimes she says that it’s in her back. They last about 2-3 minutes and make her cry and sometimes she says that she can’t breathe good and her heart also beats more rapidly. She has the episodes any time whether resting or during activity, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day and sometimes once a day, and sometimes never. A bad one happened again this morning and I was looking up the info on the cardiologist that she saw about ready to make an appointment when I found your video. She’s feeling much better now. Thank you again for posting the video.

    Brigette Pinkard - September 16, 2015 at 10:10 am Reply
    1. Hi Brigette – We’re so glad to hear that Dr. Madsen’s video was helpful to you and your daughter!

      Kate Setter - September 16, 2015 at 10:15 am Reply
  5. i am suffering from heart pain during sleep at night and with a severe pain and also some times suddenly it occurs so what’s the reason can i know please

    shashi - September 23, 2015 at 10:36 am Reply
    1. Hi Shashi,

      If you’re still having the pain and you haven’t watched Dr. Madsen’s video, it might help alleviate some of your concerns. If you’re still worried, a trip to your regular doctor is never a bad idea.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 10:34 am Reply
  6. My 8 year old daughter has woke up twice in the morning with chest pain, she has also told me that during & after gym she finds it hard to breath & it hurts sometimes. Normally a very fit & healthy girl. There is history of chest problems with my Father. Should I get her checked out??

    Dawn - September 25, 2015 at 8:53 am Reply
    1. Hi Dawn,

      If Dr. Madsen’s video above does not help alleviate your concerns, a trip to your regular doctor for reassurance is never a bad idea. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 10:29 am Reply
  7. Hi , I am a 13 year old girl.
    I have been experiencing chest pain on my left side. This has been going on for about 6-7 years. It only occurs 2-3 times a week every 2-3 months. I am worried because it feels like someone just grabbed my heart and squeezed it really hard. Although the burst only 5 seconds or so, it very painful. Not to the point of crying but still. It hurts enough that I have to stop whatever I am doing until it stops. It usually only happens when I am sitting down or watching tv. It happens rarly enough while I am dancing or playing.
    Please help,
    Anna

    Anna - September 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm Reply
    1. Hi Anna,

      Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this post might help provide some peace of mind. If not, please speak with your parents about your pain and whether or not they think a trip of your regular doctor is warranted. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 10:28 am Reply
  8. What an informative, well written, reassuring article. Many thanks from a neurotic mum!

    Fiona Davies - September 28, 2015 at 1:21 am Reply
  9. Hi I’m a ten year old and I have pains in the middle of my chest it may be the stress thing someone had died just a yestarday and that’s when it started. I’m actually pretty scared. Since the person died from a heart condition. Thank u for listening!

    Delina - October 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm Reply
    1. Hi Delina – If you haven’t already, please watch Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of the blog post. It should help you figure out if your pain sounds like it could be heart-related. If so, he always suggests seeing your regular doctor to be checked out. If you’re scared, have an adult call and check in with your pediatrician/regular doctor to see if they think you should come in.

      Kate Setter - October 9, 2015 at 10:36 am Reply
  10. My child is eight she has been through a huge growth spurt in weight and hieght she started complaining of chest pain a few mo ths ago and now she seems to do it more often she now is home from school and has been complaining a lot more

    April - October 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm Reply
    1. Hi April – If you haven’t already, please take a look at Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of the blog post. It should be able to help you determine if her pain may be heart-related, and if so, he always recommends seeing a primary care physician to discuss next steps.

      Kate Setter - October 9, 2015 at 10:31 am Reply
  11. Hey, i’m a 10 year old girl who has been having chest pain for MONTHS now. I Have went to the doctors and she said that it was chest wall pain. whenever i have been breathing sometimes it hurts sharply then it stops so im scared it will happen again so i try not to breathe… When im laying down on my back it wont hurt but sitting down it does and when im on my right side laying it hurts. My Mother said, that it might be my Breasts growing but its only happening to my left breast. Im very scared if its my heart! Please help!

    Annie - October 10, 2015 at 6:40 am Reply
    1. Hi Annie,

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve discussed your pain with your mom. I recommend watching Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this post together and see if it might help alleviate some of your concerns.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 10:16 am Reply
  12. Hello, I have a 10 year old daughter who started complaining last night that her chest was hurting. She said it was a stabbing pain straight in the middle. It lasted about 15-20 mins. She wasn’t dizzy and she could tell me how many fingers I was holding up. I had just taken her to a pediatric cardiologist in July 2015 and he said her echo was great. That her and her sister had normal healthy hearts. Considering heart disease and mitral valve prolapse runs in my family. This morning she woke up saying her chest hurt a little bit. I know she has had some issues in school. I watched your video and it was very helpful and informative. But I’m wondering if I should be concerned.

    Brandy H. - October 10, 2015 at 10:12 am Reply
    1. Hi Brandy,

      Because your daughter is already being seen by a pediatric cardiologist, it might be best to follow up with him/her if you’re still having concerns.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 10:14 am Reply
  13. i have a 12 yr old boy says he cant breath good cause his chest hurts him its on the left side above the breast is this serious

    shay - October 13, 2015 at 9:09 am Reply
    1. Hi Shay,

      If you haven’t already, please watch Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this blog post. It should help answer your question. If you’re still concerned, Dr. Madsen would say that it’s never a bad idea to visit your regular doctor for reassurance.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 9:46 am Reply
  14. I really thank you for the video it help with my 11 year old son. He said his chest hurt really bad he is an asthmatic
    So asked him if that hurt he said no. So are then any stretches that can also help with this pain.Thank you

    crystal - October 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm Reply
    1. Hi Crystal,

      I checked with Dr. Madsen and he mentioned that stretching might not make a big impact in reducing the pain, but it isn’t likely to make it worse either. Give it a shot to see if it helps but unfortunately there are not any known stretches that really work. Hope that helps.

      Rachel Camper - December 11, 2015 at 11:52 am Reply
  15. Hlo I am Ravi I am a girl my chest pain from both sides and it pain in month for some days and and it then when I touched to it or I am running or doing some exercise then and feel chest little bit heavy

    Ravi - October 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm Reply
    1. Hi Ravi,

      Please watch Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this blog post. I think it will help you determine whether or not you should be worried about your chest pain.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 9:40 am Reply
  16. I’m a 16 year old female having chest pains when I’m sitting down or while standing, it is on the middle more to the right side of my chest, I’ve been having them off an on for a couple of years but they have been more often here lately. a few weeks ago I was really stressed and I had like this feeling my heart was felt like it was ripping an I felt a really cold feeling go like through it? pain along with it. just wandering, maybe get some answers back soon? thank you.

    adriana 16 - October 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm Reply
    1. Hi Adriana,

      If you haven’t already, please watch Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this blog post. He does a great job of explaining how common chest pain is, and when it can be worrisome. Also, please mention your pain to your parents as they can help you assess whether or not a visit to your regular doctor is warranted.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 9:38 am Reply
  17. hi, my chest has been hurting for 2 years and i have astma. i am really scred im 15 years old. my gf is worried about me too, can you help me please.

    Jin - November 1, 2015 at 8:57 pm Reply
    1. Hi Jin,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been in pain for two years! If you haven’t already, please watch the video at the top of this blog post. Dr. Madsen explains the situations in which you should be worried about your chest pain. And please mention it to your parents as well. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 9:27 am Reply
  18. Hi, I’m 12 years old and I have been experiencing sharp pains in the left side of my chest whenever I breathe in somewhat far. I’ve been experiencing this for almost 4 hours straight. This is leading to shortness of breath because I am worrying that whenever I breathe in as far as I want to I am going to get a pain. I also get the pain when I lay down. I play ice hockey but haven’t in 2 days. It feels deep, and I don’t know if I will able to sleep comfortably tonight, but I’ll need some help determining what this is.

    Audrey - November 2, 2015 at 7:52 pm Reply
    1. Hi Audrey,

      If you haven’t already, I recommend that you watch Dr. Madsen’s video above. It will likely answer some of your questions. Please mention your pain to your parents, as they can help you decide if a trip to the doctor is warranted.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply
  19. Hi i’m 16 and have been having short sharp pains on the left side of my chest and occasionally on the right for the past couple of years.The pain has been getting more frequent this past month. I’ve been to the doctors several times for other things and i always bring it up but they never always seem to ignore me or don’t want to deal with it. I did go to a cardiologist and she said it wasn’t anything with my heart.

    James - November 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm Reply
  20. I am a 14 year old girl and I’ve been experiencing chest pain in the middle on my chest for two days now and has been hurting alot when I play my sport. I only find comfort from the pain is when I lay down on a certain angle. Help would be most greatfull

    Kayla brudenelle - November 10, 2015 at 10:42 pm Reply
    1. Hi Kayla – If you haven’t already, please watch the video at the top of this blog post to see if it helps answer any of your questions. If not, a trip to have it checked at your regular doctor is never a bad idea.

      Kate Setter - November 24, 2015 at 11:49 am Reply
  21. My 9 year old had been complaining of a stinging pain in his chest near his heart that lasts a minute or so at a time and he says he has to take shorter breaths while it happens because he feels he cant breathe as well. Just wondering if its something i can try at home or if he needs to get it seen about. Its been going on for a while now.

    Crystal - November 12, 2015 at 7:14 pm Reply
    1. Hi Crystal – If you haven’t already done so, please watch the video that is included at the top of the blog post and see if that helps answer your question at all. If not, Dr. Madsen always recommends a visit to your child’s pediatrician if you are concerned, the peace of mind is worth the trip!

      Kate Setter - November 24, 2015 at 11:44 am Reply
  22. My daugher 7 ,recently underwent ERCP due to acute pancreatitis. In the last two weeks she has been complaining of chest pains what could be the problem?

    daniel - November 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm Reply
    1. Hi Daniel – If she’s recently been under the care of a physician, it would be best to take her to that doctor for a follow-up.

      Kate Setter - November 24, 2015 at 10:53 am Reply
  23. My 14 year old daughter just started crying ng a couple days ago that her heart is hurting. She says it normally happens after exercise or sport. She said today it has not gone away at all it is been with her all day. When she was born she was born with two holes in her heart. When she was a year old the cardiologist cleared her and said both holes have closed up. My question is should I take her to get looked at?

    sheila Summerlin - November 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm Reply
    1. Hi Sheila – Dr. Madsen always says it’s worth the trip to her regular pediatrician if you’re even slightly worried.

      Kate Setter - November 24, 2015 at 10:51 am Reply
  24. I’m 13 years old, and I get chest pains when I breathe in too much and it lasts for a couple of minutes. Sometimes I get pains when I exhale swell. Is this normal? I have a heart beat at about 50 Beats per minute.

    Amir - November 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm Reply
    1. Hi Amir,

      I recommend a couple of things; first, please watch Dr. Madsen’s video above as I think it will help answer some of your questions. Second, please talk to your parents about your chest pain. If they’re concerned, they can help make an appointment with your regular doctor.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 8:58 am Reply
  25. Hi, Im a 14 year old boy and i have been having chest pain that goes down my left arm. I have been diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction, which is where my vocal cords close when they are not supposed to, giving me shortness of breath, and trouble breathing. I am concerned that i have a problem with my chest. I also have a Anxiety Disorder. What do you think this could be? Thanks

    Blake - November 28, 2015 at 9:04 am Reply
    1. Hi Blake,

      I am sorry to hear that you are having these symptoms. As Dr. Madsen mentions in the above video, only in 1% of cases does chest pain in kids/teens actually relate to the heart. That said, if you are still concerned, please speak with your parents to see if they think a visit to your regular doctor is warranted.

      Rachel Camper - December 11, 2015 at 11:49 am Reply
  26. im 13 and today i had a bad pain in my chest like someone was pushing down on it or squeezing my lungs. it came and went on the level of pain but at the high points it felt like a 10 out of 10. i couldnt breath and lying down made it worse. i dont know if i should call someone or do something?

    grace - December 6, 2015 at 10:49 am Reply
    1. Hi Grace,

      I would first recommend speaking with your parents about your pain. You might want to have them watch Dr. Madsen’s video above — it might help answer both your and your parents’ questions.

      Rachel Camper - December 8, 2015 at 9:31 am Reply
  27. My daughter is 11 years old and iconplaininof chest pains. It happens when she is reading or being still and she tells me that she lays down whenever it happens until th pain pases. She has been diagnosed with a benign heart murmmer. Is it possible that the pain coUld be related to the murmmer?

    medina - December 7, 2015 at 9:51 am Reply
    1. Hi Medina,

      I reached out to Dr. Madsen and he said that chest pain is not likely to be related to a benign murmur, especially when lying still. However, if you’re still concerned, you might want to follow up with the doctor that diagnosed the benign murmur.

      Rachel Camper - December 11, 2015 at 11:48 am Reply
  28. Ive had chest pains for 4 weeks and really need them gone

    jack - December 7, 2015 at 3:04 pm Reply
  29. Hi, im a 12 year old boy and I’m wondering why my chest has been hurting badly for about 2 weeks or so… I went to a cardiologist a 2 weeks ago when i started having them do to my dad having a history of heart attacks. Im really scared when it happens because it makes me feel like I’m going to die. My mom is also very worried about me and same with my dad. I need some answers to help me out….. my mom told me that she will take me back to the doctor in January.

    Paul Hudson - December 9, 2015 at 6:29 am Reply
    1. Hi Paul,

      I’m glad you’re speaking with your parents about this! Your current cardiologist will likely steer you in the right direction; in the meantime, I think Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this post will help answer your questions.

      Rachel Camper - December 10, 2015 at 8:49 am Reply
  30. I have been having pains in my chest for 4 years now. I get a them all the time and all the doctors I go to say I’m fine that I’m imagining it. I have had X-rays and all kinds of tests but no results. I know my pain is real and not bring nags me to tears so bad I have had puddles on my bed. Please tell me any ideas or suggestions.

    Joshua northup - December 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm Reply
    1. Hi Joshua,

      So sorry to hear that you’ve had chest pain for so long. As Dr. Madsen explains in the video above, chest pain is very real, but in children and teens it is very rarely related to the heart. If you haven’t watched his video already, it may help alleviate some of your concerns.

      Rachel Camper - December 11, 2015 at 11:47 am Reply
  31. Hi,
    I am 10 years old and I have been experiencing chest pain for a very long time now. It is very painful, (although compared to others of my age i have very strong pain resistance) and I recently it has been very hard to breathe. The pain occurs when I am resting, talking, doing PE, or even just standing, and the breathing problem happens almost every time the chest pain occurs. I tried going to the doctor, but they didn’t do very much and said it probably wasn’t that severe, although I am still a bit skeptical about it. Could you please tell me the name of the problem if possible?
    -Sanvi

    Sanvi - December 12, 2015 at 9:50 pm Reply
    1. Hi Sanvi,

      It would be difficult for Dr. Madsen to give you a name of a condition without the benefit of a physical exam and testing. If you haven’t already, please watch his video at the top of this blog post and if you still have concerns, follow up with your doctor. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Camper - December 15, 2015 at 8:19 am Reply
  32. Hello there my son is 12 almost 13 and he is just now complaining of chest pain on his right side, towards the middle of his chest. He has not mentioned it before now but he says it has happened before? He was playing on the computer tonight and then all of the sudden says my chest hurts, and that it has happened before. I am just wondering if we should be taking him to see a Dr about this? I am not freaking out but I am a little bit worried about this. He is pretty active he plays soccer every Saturday and practices twice a week and he bikes a lot. Any info would be great.

    Kari Anne Prill - December 22, 2015 at 12:03 am Reply
    1. Hi Kari,

      If you haven’t already, please watch Dr. Madsen’s video above. It can help you determine which symptoms are worrisome and which aren’t. If you still have concerns, Dr. Madsen always recommends a trip to your main doctor for reassurance and peace of mind.

      Rachel Camper - December 22, 2015 at 2:46 pm Reply
  33. Thanks it help’s me a lot

    giriraj - December 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm Reply
  34. I am a 16 & I feels that my heart is pain with a long time interval please tell me the reason & medicines for it

    anukayyum - January 3, 2016 at 7:56 pm Reply
    1. Hi Anukayyum,

      There are multiple reasons that you could be experiencing chest pain, but very rarely is it related to the heart. If you haven’t already, please watch Dr. Madsen’s video at the top of this blog post. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact your main doctor. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Camper - January 4, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply
  35. My six year old son received a trampoline for Christmas and immediately after jumping, he started complaining of chest pain. He said it only hurts when he jumps. Since Christmas he’s only jumped on it approximately 3 times and each time he complains. Tonight, he told me that his chest hurts when he runs now. He said, “I can’t even run now because it makes my chest hurt”.
    I’m taking him to his primary physician tomorrow but I cannot help but be more than concerned if this is something that I need to take him to the ER tonight.

    Kimberly White - January 6, 2016 at 12:38 am Reply
    1. Hi Kimberly,

      I am sorry to hear that your son’s chest is hurting. It sounds like you’re on the right track — trusting your instincts and taking him to the primary doctor for reassurance.

      Rachel Camper - January 6, 2016 at 8:52 am Reply
  36. What are the possible causes of chest pain immediately following exercise in a child? My 6 year old just announced today after running around that her “heart” was hurting and that it always happens at recess at school. She assures me it’s completely normal, of course, I’m worried, more after reading that the association with exercise can be a concern.

    Whitney - January 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm Reply
  37. Hi, I am a 14 year old boy. I have been having this weird, brief tightness thing in my left chest, under the nipple area. Sometimes it hurts my arms. I have been having great anxiety over this please help!

    Kyle - January 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply
    1. Hi Kyle,

      Sorry to hear that you are having tightness in your chest and arms. Please let your parents know about the pain that you are having — you might even want to watch Dr. Madsen’s above video together. If you still have concerns, please speak with your main doctor about it.

      Rachel Camper - January 19, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply
  38. Hi Dr.
    I have a 6 year old boy and one day he was taking a nap and out of a sudden he woke up with a pain on his chest and his heart was beating really fast so fast that I actually thought he was going to faint he started crying because he felt so weird and his right hand started shaking. . Please I need answers before it happens again. Thank you

    Citlalli Guzman - January 17, 2016 at 9:17 pm Reply
    1. Hi Citlalli,

      Sorry to hear about your son’s experience! Dr. Madsen would say that it’s never a bad idea to check in with your main doctor to make sure nothing concerning is going on. You might want to watch his video in the meantime — it might help guide the conversation with your son’s doctor.

      Rachel Camper - January 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply
  39. Hi! Im kylie, I am a 13 year old girl, and sometimes I get chest pains when I breathe in too much . It feels like something is pulling my rib-cage. It doesnt happen all the time. when it happen, i will feel a sharp pain and when i breathe , its very painful.But after i drink water, the pain goes away. I told my mother about this and she said that I am growing that why I will feel the pain. Is it true?

    Kylie - January 18, 2016 at 1:15 am Reply
    1. Hi Kylie,

      It’s hard to know for sure what’s happening via this format. You might want to watch Dr. Madsen’s video above with your mom and if you’re still having concerns, schedule an appointment with your main doctor. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Camper - January 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm Reply
  40. Hi there.
    My son is 8 and over past few months has now and again complained of chest pain but he typically gets bad headache with it… The pediatrician did see him once for this and did not seem concerned. Here is my main question. Is there a danger of Rheumatic disease from untreated strep? How would one recognize that? Also, is it possible that these symptoms could in any way be connected to his Epilepsy? He gets strep fairly often with minimal symptoms. Could I have missed it?

    Nicole - January 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm Reply
  41. I’m a 14 year old male. I have been having small, brief, mild pain in my left chest. It happens a dozen times a day, and I’ve had it for almost a month. Pls help,

    Kevin - January 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply
    1. Hi Kevin,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been in pain for this long. If you haven’t already, please mention your pain to your parents, as they can help you figure out next steps. I might also recommend you watch Dr. Madsen’s video above, as it might be able to point you in the right direction. If you’re still having concerns, a trip to your main doctor is never a bad idea.

      Rachel Camper - January 25, 2016 at 9:02 am Reply
  42. Uh,I’m 14 and my chest hurts whenever I lie down to go to sleep. This is a recent occurrence. It used to not really hurt. It really burns now.On occasion but not often my chest also feels heavy. It usually goes away in the daytime though. To be truthfill I am lying down right now and my chest is really burning.What is wrong and what can I do to make it go away?

    Ow - February 1, 2016 at 9:31 pm Reply
    1. Hi Ow,

      If you haven’t already, I recommend watching Dr. Madsen’s video above, as it can help give some context to which symptoms are worrisome and which are not. Please also tell your parents — maybe even watch the video together — to help determine whether or not a trip to your main doctor is warranted. It certainly never hurts, especially for peace of mind.

      Rachel Camper - February 2, 2016 at 10:31 am Reply

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