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Chest Muscle Pain Vs Heart Attack
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
Not usually....: A heart attack occurs when there is a decrease in the blood flow to the heart itself. Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain or pressure that can radiate to the jaw, shortness of breath, sweating, etc. Spasms of the chest wall muscles can happen for many reasons, including after a lot of coughing, and is not usually a sign of a heart attack. If you have chest pain, see your doctor or er! ...Read more
Uninsured w/varied chest wall pain. Doc says its muscles/tension, that I have a "1 in a million chance" of heart attack, but im still terrified- help!?
Chest wall: Pain is common. Being terrified doesn't help. Try swimming or cardio exercise to reduce chest wall pain and stretches on a pull up bar. Statistically chest pain related to the heart is low in your age group but does happen. Look it at your family. If someone died before 50 from a heart attack you should be concerned, if not - don't be. ...Read more
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Hello, sometimes I do have some sort of beating pain on my chest. Mostly on the right side. I know it's not because of heart attack. Maybe it's muscle?
Exam: Maybe...it's time to get examined: you cannot be diagnosed online. ...Read more
Is chest pain from anemia, peptic ulcer, pulled muscle, impending heart attack, gerd, or angina? 17 of sept, I was out, " de-rusting " a bike, & getting any rust of the chain. Also, I did lift the bike ; a rockhopper. Btw, I am female, 5'3", 110 lbs
Can left arm muscle pain be sign of heart attack? Woke up feeling like when you get arm soreness from flu shot, but been two weeks since flu shot
Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?
No heart attack: The pain probably is due to joint or muscle and is not heart attack, so you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
How can I tell the difference between chest muscle pain or heart pain? They are so close together I am having a hard time distinguishing them apart.
By having your MD: Examine you. Costochondritis, or tietze's syndrome is diagnosed by pain or tenderness when your md presses on the junction of the affected rib (s) & the sternum (breastbone). Chest wall pain can last 4-8 weeks after the injury that caused the separation & inflammation, tho' mild pain may be elicited by certain movements for ~ 6 mos. Applying heat & non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds help. ...Read more
Can sleep problems cause chronic chest muscle pain? I snore very badly. I am waiting on results from sleep study. All heart tests are normal. Thanks.
I expect so: I'm glad your heart work-up was normal and that you'll be treated for whatever the sleep study finds. It's a prime suspect for the soreness and you'll discover that soon if it is guilty. Consider a carefully planned exercise program to develop your chest muscles with the guidance of the sleep team. I believe they'll know of a good one. Best! ...Read more
Had chest muscle pain. When the pain comes, heart rate rises n shortness of breath. Last for awhile. Now there is warm feeling in my left arm. Is it anxiey?
CPR first: It used to be AED in the past this has changed since last year. ...Read more
Hard to tell: These pains may be very hard to distinguish: indigestion usually occurs after meals, especially if spicy or fatty; heart attack pains usually occur with exertion, may be associated with shortness of breath or radiate down the arm. It is really hard to tell, unless you are in a hospital setting where the necessary tests may be done. Especially in women. ...Read more
Can a hernia in your stomach cause an uncomfortable chest feeling, similar to the coming of a heart attack?
Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain? I also have tmj
Yes: Neck and jaw pain without chest pain would be considered an "atypical" presentation but it does happen. Remember that a heart attack can (and does in 30-50% of cases) have no pain. Other symptoms that commonly accompany heart attacks are: breathlessness, cold-clammy sweat, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Recurring pain is not likely your heart since frequent recurrent heart attacks are unlikely. ...Read more
Woke up dizzy and felt like I was gonna pass out.. chest hurts.. have a lot of gas too. Can gas cause same signs as heart attack?
Yes: Would definitely recommend that you seek timely medical attention if you experienced the above mentioned symptoms. Heart attack is definitely a possibility and it is not the gas causing the symptoms. ...Read more
D dimer 1600. Incr sed/crp. Elevated myoglobin (119) norm tropinin. Ck norm 72 hr after chest pain. Echo done. Does the echo r/o heart attack?
Stabbing pains on left side of breast and chest for 2 days now on and off echo a month ago was normal. Had baby 2 wks ago scared of heart attack!
Stabbing pains are: Unlikely to be cardiac. Cardiac pain is usually dull and achey like a tooth ache. Your description is more likely musculoskeletal in nature. Relax and enjoy the baby. You are not going to have a heart attack. ...Read more
Went to ER had chest pain EKG was ischemic from one 2 years ago eco was fine no heart attack no damage need to see a cardio I am freaked out m 41?
Ischemia: Cardiac ischemia usually suggests coronary artery blockages. An echocardiogram does not detect coronary artery problems but can detect heart muscle damage, weakness or enlargement. An echocardiogram can be perfectly normal even when there is significant coronary artery disease. I recommend that you consult a cardiologist for further diagnosis, stress testing and advice. ...Read more
I have a cardio appt in 2 weeks. Been having nausea chest pain short of breath pain down left armcould this be a warning of impending heart attack?
I woke up to tightness and slight pain in the left sign of my chest above my breast. Could this be a heart attack? I can breathe just fine though.
Unusual: This is unusual at your age, but you can see an MD for an EKG and determine if you need a more thorough workup for cardiac reasons for your symptoms. ...Read more
What else can cause very mild arm pain mild chest pain and nausea besides a heart attack? I've had discomfort all day but don't want to overreact...
Get checked out: The symptoms you describe could certainly be explained by a heart attack. Not everyone has the "classic" symptoms of crushing chest pain when they have a heart attack. There are certainly other possibilities, but since it is unclear the safest thing to do would be to get evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more
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
27 yo smoker. Chest pain left side goes under arm left arm heavy and tingly. Comes and goes for a few days. Heart attack? How to tell? Have anxiety.
Chest pain: Indicates the need to go to the emergency room or see your doctor right away. If you have been cleared of heart problems see a mental health professional to learn coping skills for your anxiety and to free yourself of smoking, which MAY be the biggest threat to your health. Peace and good health. ...Read more
If I have heart problems would the EKG have picked it up? Could it have missed? Having chest pains and heart felt on fire badly. Panic or heart attack?
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
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