Chest Pain In Thalassemia Patients?
Hi, I was diagnosed with thalassemia since 10 years ago, I was physically weak since I was a child. I couldn’t have any strenuous activities. But because my work was tight, I didn’t get enough rest for 10 years and then my body felt paralyzed because of its weakness, it was especially felt when I woke up. Also my chest feels heavy, tightness and pain. It used to feel maybe once every 3-4 months. But in the past 2 years, I feel that almost every day, even though the activity is mild. Chest pain and heaviness and tightness. Why is that? can this illness be a heart disease? And is there a medicine to ease the pain?
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First of all, you should first explain, how old are you now, what type of thalassemia do you have, how often do you receive blood transfusions, and do you regularly go to the doctor?
Thalassemia is a hereditary disease where abnormalities occur in blood hemoglobin. Thalassemia sufferers have anemia (can vary from mild, moderate, or severe anemia) that occurs because the destruction of hemoglobin occurs faster than its production. Hemoglobin in red blood cells has the function of carrying oxygen throughout the body. If the amount of hemoglobin is low, the sufferer can experience a variety of anemia symptoms such as weakness, dizziness, fatigue, pale, etc. enlarged liver and spleen, recurrent infections, and also complications in the heart including heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. Thalassemia patients who routinely get blood transfusions also often experience excess iron in the body can also cause further complications in the heart, liver, and also the endocrine system.
If you often feel chest pain and shortness of breath, it helps you immediately do an examination with an internist who routinely treats you for further evaluation. Thalassemia patients will be advised to carry out routine checks to the doctor to evaluate the complications of the disease (because as you age, the higher the risk of organ damage due to this disease). It is a good idea to do an evaluation first to make sure your chest pain is not caused by a heart attack or other heart problems. Therefore it is better not to postpone the doctor's examination. Using drugs to relieve pain can actually be dangerous if indeed your chest pain is caused by ischemia (lack of oxygen) in the heart.
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