A 19-year-old girl went to the doctor for a tetanus shot and took the opportunity to question him about the reason for a cough that had been bothering her for two months. She ended up discovering much more than the reason for the discomfort. Claire Mack has been diagnosed with dextrocardia, a rare condition in which the heart is on the right side of the chest.
Mack, from Chicago (USA), is a major in humanitarian studies (similar to social work) and told the doctor that she constantly had chest pains, colds and no medication would eliminate the problem.
“Is it over there [a médica] she looked very shocked and said to me, ‘Okay, this is a little weird, but did you know that your heart is on the right side of your chest instead of the left side?'” she says the university to the British newspaper The Sun.
Dextrocardia is a disease that affects about 1% of the world population and causes some routine complications, such as coughing and tiredness. Instead of occupying the left side of the chest, in this condition the heart is more to the right.
In a video on Tiktok, Mack says he has previously heard from doctors that his heart beat faster on the right side, but that the condition has never been identified.
“My dad was really scared by the news, but my mom just thought it was hilarious that I only found out when I was 19,” he says.
Despite the complications, the condition will not prove to be a major threat to Mack’s life, and she should continue to live normally.