Our expert says:
You pains may feel like they are in the heart, but you can be sure they are not. Real heart pain may be due to pericarditis, an inflammation of the lining of the heart, which feels very different to what you describe; or to coronary disease, which is very rare in young women your age unless they are diabetic or smoke or have a familial high cholesterol.
None of these seem to apply to you and you can be very sure your pain is not from the heart. Non-cardiacl chest pain is very common in slim, healthy young women and may be a part of a chest wall syndrome, in other words, it may be arising from structures in the ribcage such as cartilage and muscle. Almost always it is completely benign and all that is necessary is reassurance that it is not heart related.
With best wishes, JT
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