A distressing nuisance
As the precordial capture syndrome is more common in children and adolescents, it’s very common that the first time the child experiences this inexplicable and acute pain in the heart area, the parents become anxious about the possibility that something may be wrong with their child’s heart. Therefore, the main challenge of the doctor is to analyze the symptoms and review the patient’s history to rule out any heart conditions or other problems that require treatment.
How to help it
Although it’s very uncomfortable, precordial capture syndrome is not a medical emergency. Trying to breathe deeply at that time is complicated, but it helps the pain go away faster; we should keep in mind that some people may feel dizzy from the effort and hyperventilate. Likewise, it’s advisable to change position. For example, straighten up if you were hunched over or receive a massage in the painful area until you feel relief which usually takes about one minute. Unfortunately, as this is an isolated event without an apparent cause (because it can occur whether you are resting or in motion), there is no way to prevent it.
Unless the pain is related to a serious illness such as bronchitis or asthma, there’s no reason to be worried. Precordial capture syndrome usually disappears on its own when the person reaches around 20 years of age. It does not require treatment, although some doctors may recommend a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) to help calm the discomfort — however, it’s not strictly necessary. But if the pain becomes too frequent, if the person has been diagnosed with a heart problem, or if it’s combined with other symptoms, it’s advisable to consult a doctor.