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A 20-year-old male asked:

Can a pinched nerve cause heart attack like symptoms? sharp pain in left sternum and down left arm. have been to cardiologist recently. heart is good

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: A nerve root compression in your neck (cervical spine) can do this - at your age, a ruptured disc would be the most likely culprit, usually trauma related. Tumors are thankfully rare but in the differential diagnosis. An MRI and EMG would confirm this.
Dr. Jonathan Richards
Pulmonary Critical Care 13 years experience
Well...: A pinched nerve in the neck (cervicalgia) may cause pain that shoots or radiates down the arm. Injuries to the nerve in the arm without compression in the neck may also cause pain. These may include, but are not limited to, brachial plexus injuries and "Saturday night palsy"

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