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Describe how finger tingling and shoulder pain acts due to a impending heart attack.

Describe how finger tingling and shoulder pain acts due to a impending heart attack.

Referred pain: Occurs when the nerve roots that form a nerve or the nerve that goes to the internal body part also has branches to another area in the skin. The heart has a nerve supply like any other muscle and some of those nerves share a common nerve root with the shoulder and the inside of the arm and forearm. The picture sums it up. If you are worried about this see a medical provider right away. ...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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What would cause tingling in left thumb and index finger while on a brisk walk? Constant fear of heart attack. Could this signal heart problems?

What would cause tingling in left thumb and index finger while on a brisk walk? Constant fear of heart attack. Could this signal heart problems?

Highly unlikely: Your symptoms are atypical for coronary artery spasm or other forms of heart disease &i suspect the reason you are concerned is because it is on your left side which is where everyone focuses attention when it involves the heart. However, if you are worried or if there is a family history of heart disease then, your best bet is to ask your doctor for an opinion and an examination. ...Read more

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I have heard that tingling in the fingers can be a symptom of a heart attack in women. Is this true?

I have heard that tingling in the fingers can be a symptom of a heart attack in women. Is this true?

Not true: Even if some one with tingling in fingers have heart attack, it has no co relation with mi. These are 2 different ailments ...Read more

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I have a tingling numb feeling in my left four fingers. Is this a sign of a heart attack?

I have a tingling numb feeling in my left four fingers. Is this a sign of a heart attack?

Not usually: More likely nerve compression, but needs to check pulses, thoracic outlet, or central nervous system- stroke. ...Read more

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For a week I have had occasional left shoulder pain, left upper arm pain, and tingling fingers at night. Could these signal a heart attack coming?

For a week I have had occasional left shoulder pain, left upper arm pain, and tingling fingers at night. Could these signal a heart attack coming?

Nerve: It is more likely that you have nerve entrapment referrable to a neck disk bulging. A neurologist could evaluate you for this. To look for coronary artery blockage, a maximal treadmill stress test is the best test for you. I think your symptoms are more likely from the neck rather than the heart. ...Read more

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Could a heart attack cause finger numbness?

Could a heart attack cause finger numbness?

Not commonly: Sometimes hyperventilation with other symptoms can relate to finger tingling. ...Read more

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My symptoms are chest pain, rapid heart and finger tingling, what could it be?

My symptoms are chest pain, rapid heart and finger tingling, what could it be?

Emergency room: Get to an emergency room as soon as possible. Though anxiety reaction may be a cause of these symptoms, you cannot take a chance. It is important to rule out a serious heart problem... ...Read more

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Sharp jabs in fingers sign of heart attack?

Sharp jabs in fingers sign of heart attack?

Eventually: Angina is the symptom you experience when your heart is not getting enough blood because of blockages in the coronary arteries. Prolonged untreated can lead to heart failure, heart attack, and death.
Usually described as crushing pressure in middle of chest occasionally radiating to jaw or left arm. ...Read more

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My fingertips are tingling, will I have a stroke or heart attack?

My fingertips are tingling, will I have a stroke or heart attack?

Maybe: A heart attack not likely but a peripheral nerve problem or an old stroke is possble. A good work up should help. Cat scans, EMG, nerve conduction test, labs, etc. ...Read more

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Is tingling in the right arm a sign of a heart attack?

Is tingling in the right arm a sign of a heart attack?

No: Heart issues usually refer to left arm with usually chest and referred left arm pain, and rarely tingling. Your right arm issues more likely due to nerve proximally or distally. See your family doctor if persists or gets worse. ...Read more

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Hi I had bit off a heart attack yesterday and straight away after I noticed green /blue finger tips and spots and vain like marks on my parmigiana and?

Hi I had bit off a heart attack yesterday and straight away after I noticed green /blue finger tips and spots and vain like marks on my parmigiana and?

Go to ER: You are saying that you had a bit off a heart attack yesterday and you did not go to the Emergency Department and you see tip of your fingers blue like marks on your pyjama. We can not make any sence from your question. A heart attack is a very serious coindition and needs to be treated in the hospital. I suggest you go to ER and get checked and treated ...Read more

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Tingling in left arm for 2 days. No pain, just odd. Worried about my heart. Lost dad @ 54 to heart attack.

Tingling in left arm for 2 days. No pain, just odd. Worried about my heart. Lost dad @ 54 to heart attack.

Pinched nerve: Tingling of the arm is often due to a pinched nerve in the neck or somewhere along the arm. It can also be a symptom of heart or impending stroke problems. Worrisome symptoms include weakness, shortness of breath, sweating. Have a physician check you. ...Read more

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I have shooting pains through my arm and leg and some tingling. They don't last long. Could this be a sign of heart attack?

I have shooting pains through my arm and leg and some tingling. They don't last long. Could this be a sign of heart attack?

Doubtful: Those are not classic symptoms at 20yo for a heart attack, but get checked out by a dr. To get a full clinical evaluation to diagnose what is the problem, so you can get the proper treatment, best wishes. ...Read more

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Is left ring finger pain/numbness a sign of a heart attack?

Is left ring finger pain/numbness a sign of a heart attack?

Not at all: You more likely have a digital neuropathy or even early cubital tunnel. Regardless, see your doctor and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Chest pain, burning sensations, tingling, hot flashes lobsessive thoughts that im gonnadie or will have heart attack. Please help normal 2decho jan 2013, ?

Chest pain, burning sensations, tingling, hot flashes lobsessive thoughts that im gonnadie or will have heart attack. Please help normal 2decho jan 2013, ?

Hyperventilation: Unless you have predisposing diseases such as familial hypercholesterolemia, dm, rheumatologic disease such as sle, your chances of heart attack at your age and sex is low. You could have gerd, and can be from your anxiety level and those other symptoms arise from breathing fast from anxiety. Relax, occupy yourself with other healthy activities, and lol, sometimes a paper bag method. ...Read more

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Heavy legs and tingling in right arm is it a heart attack?

Heavy legs and tingling in right arm is it a heart attack?

It varies: Symptoms of heart attack are classically crushing chest pain that radiates into the jaw and left arm. Not everyone has these symptoms and people can have other symptoms as well including heavy legs and tingling in either arm. If you have any risk factors for heart disease and any question if you are having a heart attack, you should immediately go to your nearest emergency department. ...Read more

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Is weird numbness and tingling on the left side of your left hand a symptom of impending heart attack?

Is weird numbness and tingling on the left side of your left hand a symptom of impending heart attack?

Probably not: Arm pain that radiates (travels to) the hand and particularly the fingers is usually not heart related, but more likely to be a pinched nerve in the neck. The is referred to as as cervical neuropahy, if it comes from the spine, or brachial neuropathy, if it comes from lower down. I've seem this happen if someone leans heavily on crutches they have been using for a sprained knee. ...Read more

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Is tingling pain in left shoulders, arm, left side of rib and tingling left foot, sign of heart attack even it normalizes after 15-20mins.

Is tingling pain in left shoulders, arm, left side of rib and tingling left foot, sign of heart attack even it normalizes after 15-20mins.

Statistically, no: The character of the pain and its distribution would make this a very improbable answer. However, answers regarding symptoms are statistical replies (and "one out of a thousand" means "out of a thousand, one"). If you have reason to worry about this then see someone and have an evaluation. ...Read more

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Awful heartburn. Left arm pain with whole arm tingling. Arm prob lasted about 5 minutes. Was 3 days ago. Could this have been a heart attack?

Awful heartburn. Left arm pain with whole arm tingling. Arm prob lasted about 5 minutes. Was 3 days ago. Could this have been a heart attack?

L arm pain: Given the background, history, age/gender likely the isolated event was GI etiology though I'd suggest an ECG and cardiovascular risk assessment driven further evaluation ...Read more

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I have been getting tingling in my foot for about 2 days now and now really bad pains in my right arm and neck. Am I having a mild heart attack?

I have been getting tingling in my foot for about 2 days now and now really bad pains in my right arm and neck. Am I having a mild heart attack?

Can be never too saf: Could be arthritis in your neck. However heart problems can sometimes have atypical symptoms. If you are in pain in arms, chest, upper back, neal and / or jaw right now go to the er. If not call your doctor. ...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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I have sharp shooting pain in my left hand and middle finger does that mean signs of a heart attack? I'm 28 years old and a female.

I have sharp shooting pain in my left hand and middle finger does that mean signs of a heart attack? I'm 28 years old and a female.

No: The typical pain from a heart attack is shoulder to arm. The pain you describe is more neurological. Still be safe and check it out. Rare things always happen. ...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

Dr. Gary Pess
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Finger Tingling (Definition)

Refers to altered sensation not quite numb (while numb means no sensation It is the same type of feeling one feels when the finger first starts to falll asleep Tingling generally means the sensory nerves are working but to a lesser degree than normal whereas numbness implies a more severe. Problem. People often use the words numbness and tingling together ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more