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I am going in for a shoulder operation in 7 days time, I’m 38, I am not overweight and fairly fit and I exercise regularly for the past 4 years. Sometimes I get a slight pain in my chest around the lower pectoral, just above the top of my ribcage, there’s no radiation of pain to my left arm, neck or jaw and it does not happen during cardio. Just at random times, sometimes when I’m sitting or standing, and then it goes away. I went to get checked out at hospital about 12 months ago and they did all the tests and were pretty sure it wasn’t heart related and could be some kind of muscular costio condroititis. Im quite fit but I did used to smoke.
My question is could this pose a risk to going under anesthetic if there was perhaps a problem with my heart?