Posted: 19/11/2013 at 20:03
I had this same problem last summer, pain in the chest and left arm within minutes of starting a run. On visiting my GP I was rushed to hospital, after tests the diagnosis was angina and mild COPD (85% lung function)
The consultant in the hospital was very supportive. In the main it was my diet and high cholesterol that were causing the problem. I rarely eat meat and did eat a lot of dairy products (I ate a lot of cheese). A course of tablets to lower the cholesterol and a change of diet has got rid of the problem. COPD cannot be cured but a new inhaler which includes a lose dose steroid really helps. I am now back running better than I have for a few years. The consultant (also a runner) did tell me it was probably the fact I had been running for over 30 years that helped me get through.
The advice would be to visit your GP asap.