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A 47-year-old female asked:

i woke up with sudden extreme pain on left side of my chest above breast going to back shoulder blade and neck?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Must check the heart: A woman in her late 40's with "extreme" chest pain with arm or shoulder symptoms usually has to go to the Emergency Room to be checked for a heart attack. That means not waiting at home to see if it turns into a bad heart attack. As the saying goes, "better safe than sorry." There are other causes of chest pain... but worry about that after verifying a good heart.

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Last updated Jun 16, 2020

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