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Where does heart attack back pain occur? Or is it general

Where does heart attack back pain occur? Or is it general

Heart attack: Back pain with a heart attack generally isn't going to be seen in a 26y/o female who is unlikely to have a heart attack. Generally if a heart attack is present, other cardiac symptoms besides back pain are present and the position of the back pain is not specific ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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Is upper back pain a possible symptom of a heart attack?

Is upper back pain a possible symptom of a heart attack?

Possible: It would be somewhat atypical as a symptom, but certainly possible. More concerning is the condition known as aortic dissection which commonly causes upper back pain. Of course numerous orthopedic conditions of the spine also cause this symptom. Get it checked out immediately if it is abrupt in onset and uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Does back pain in a heart attack ease with movement? Does it feel sharp or achey?

Does back pain in a heart attack ease with movement? Does it feel sharp or achey?

Not easy answer: I general it is steady, but there can be variations and it depends on the type of heart attack, its causes and how this can efffect the back ...Read more

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I have been having chest pains for about a week, along with back pain. Should I be concerned about having a heart attack?

I have been having chest pains for about a week, along with back pain. Should I be concerned about having a heart attack?

Heart attack sx's: Please familiarize yourself with the symptoms listed in this Mayo Clinic article & compare with your own symptoms. Ref: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/heart-attack/basics/symptoms/con-20019520 ...Read more

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Does acid reflux cause heart attack like chest & back pain? I don't get the burning I just get pain even when I haven't eaten!

Does acid reflux cause heart attack like chest & back pain? I don't get the burning I just get pain even when I haven't eaten!

Heart disease: Heart attack pain can be disguised as heart burn or acid reflux or musculo-skeletal pain. Women tend to have atypical symptoms including shoulder or jaw pain sometimes back pain, shortness of breat and sometimes just fatigue. You should seek further assistance with your pcp or if you have on going pain through the er. ...Read more

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40yr old b/p 117/74 upper and mid back pain chest pain chest popping I've tried popping my back for 3 days it's popped a little is it heart attack?

40yr old b/p 117/74 upper and mid back pain chest pain chest popping I've tried popping my back for 3 days it's popped a little is it heart attack?

Symptoms: What you describe does not sound cardiac related. Your doctor can do your history and physical to try and explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can it be a heart attack if I have symptoms of cheat pain back pain arm tingling etc. Enzymes and EKG were normal 2 days ago?

Can it be a heart attack if I have symptoms of cheat pain back pain arm tingling etc. Enzymes and EKG were normal 2 days ago?

Not likely: Myocardial infarction from blockage of a coronary artery is very rare in 27 yr old women. Other heart conditions or other medical causes are possible, but a detailed evaluation is needed to identify if any might be present. Though rare, one serious and sometimes overlooked cause of chest pain/arm tingling is pulmonary embolism - blood clot in the lung. See your doctor if symptoms recur. ...Read more

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Chest press, shoulder pain, back pain, cheek pain and neck pain for over 1 week. Could this be early warning signs of a heart attack?

Chest press, shoulder pain, back pain, cheek pain and neck pain for over 1 week. Could this be early warning signs of a heart attack?

Not likely: The pain seems to be involving different areas of your body, is it mostly left sided? The duration also, 1 week, is not consistent with angina or chest pain due to cardiac disease. A search for alternate causes for the pain is recommended. Please do talk to your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Woke up with back pain left side. Hurts to breathe. Neck jaw tingling. 26 yo. Been 10 hours. How to tell its my heart?? Heart attack?

Woke up with back pain left side. Hurts to breathe. Neck jaw tingling. 26 yo. Been 10 hours. How to tell its my heart?? Heart attack?

Chest pain: Best to go to the doc and get checked out. Many possibilities and heart attack isn't high on the list for a 26y/o but not impossible. Pleural and pericardial inflammation are real as well as other things. ...Read more

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Overweight with high blood pressure. Could right side back pain that is recurrent (couple months) be a sign of impending heart attack? Or just muscle?

Depends on: Exact location, severity, timing, tenderness on palpation or motion, and lots of other things. Cannot determine for certain here, so you should see a doctor to make sure that this is not angina or any other serious condition. ...Read more

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I get shoulder pain, left arm pain, back pain and heartburn. I'm worried about a heart attack. It happens every day though. What could it be?

I get shoulder pain, left arm pain, back pain and heartburn. I'm worried about a heart attack. It happens every day though. What could it be?

Multiple: Many things are possible, but the heart attack will harm you the most. See a doc, get thatruled out, then they will look for stomach ulcer, gerd, esosphagitis, herniated disc in neck, etc. ...Read more

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Chest pain, arms back pain. Ekg good, cholesterol good, Dr days hearts fine. Nervous about the heart attack and PE. 38 year old healthy female

Too nervous?: Sounds like neurotic chest pain that can simulate heart attack. Lighten up and have fun and if everything is healthy as you say, the pain will go away. ...Read more

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Would heart race then go back to normal with a heart attack? Chest tightness, back pain, diarrhea. Or panic attack?

Not typical: Change in heart rate is not something people who are having a heart attack usually report. Chest tightness or pressure is, often associated with activity that increases the heart rate. Low back pain or diarrhea would not be a sign of heart attack, but mid-back pain can be a symptom of a heart issue, especially a problem with the large chest artery, the aorta. Anxiety probable; pursue evaluation. ...Read more

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Am I having symptoms of a heart attack? Right breast pain, pain around shoulder blades and down the center of my back, pain in my right jaw, a little nauseous

A: A heart attack is when one of the heart arteries becomes plugged with plaque or fatty deposit and then a blood clot forms to completely plug up this vessel. At this point a portion of the heart muscle does not receive blood flow and permanent heart damage will occur if the artery is not opened within an hour or so.

Different patients will experience a heart attack differently. The "classic" presentation is a heavy weight, like a ton of bricks, sitting on the middle of the chest. This may be associated with a pain radiating to the left shoulder and arm as well as nausea and sweating. However, there are many other types of symptoms some patients experience when having a heart attack. Sometimes the symptoms are only in the neck or jaw, sometimes the symptoms are only in the arm. Sometimes there is no "pain" but only a sense of shortness of breath or a strong sense that 'something isn't right.' some people will have only minimal symptoms and never really realize they had a heart attack.

If you experience any of these symptoms e.g. Any bad or uncomfortable feeling between your ears and you belly button, that last 5-10 minutes or more I would encourage you to call immediately to your doctor for further advice. If these symptoms are worsening, you cannot breathe, you pass out, etc. Dial 911 immediately. ...Read more

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Does my blood test look normal? Extreme month long chest back pain thought I was having heart attack. Have to sleep on right side Clear echo Coronary ct

What test?: What blood test are you referring to? Cardiac enzymes? Pancreatic tests? D-dimer? Did you have a stress test performed to make sure you don't have any stress induced heart ischemia? You mention anxiety- this can mimic heart problems and pain. Perhaps you need treatment for your anxiety- medications, talk therapy? I also assume an aortic aneurysm or dissection and PE has been ruled out? ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more