Our expert says:
Chest pain occurring on one side of the body is seldom due to heart problems, but any pain which persists does warrant investigation.
As you have a family history of heart disease, you should have a complete cardiovascular checkup, including things like pulse rate and pattern chekc, BP, resting and stress ECG, chest x-ray, and a fasting lipogram ( full cholesterol test, including total, LDL, HDL, Tot/HDL ratio, triglycerides). The only uncomfortable thing may be the blood sample, but the rest is pretty routine.
If you smoke, then please quit right now. It is the one factor over which you have total control, and it plays an enormous role in the evolution of heart disease.
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