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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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Left arm a bit numb, now I have tingling in pinky up side of palm. Slight pain from my elbow up. I've had migraines with aura. Possibly heart attack?

Left arm a bit numb, now I have tingling in pinky up side of palm. Slight pain from my elbow up. I've had migraines with aura. Possibly heart attack?

Left arm nerve issue: Heart attack symptoms can cause left arm symptoms, but in a young patient without other issues would be very unusual. It also should not be migraine aura unless this has been part of your aura before. More likely you have peripheral nerve irritation that may be at the elbow (ulnar nerve) or possibly at the brachial plexus or cervical spine. See your doctor if it persists. ...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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My left arm is falling sleep and my left hand hurt for the pass three days and also have chills. Are those symptoms of a heart attack? I am 35

My left arm is falling sleep and my left hand hurt for the pass three days and also have chills. Are those symptoms of a heart attack? I am 35

Unlikely: Left arm falling asleep is more likely related to peripheral nerve issues of the arm or shoulder. Symptoms worrisome for acute heart issues are chest pain extending to the left arm. Chills are very nonspecific and can be associated with many disorders including flu, infection and other systemic maladies. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing severe panic attacks right before going to bed. I feel as if I can't breath, like I'm having a heart attack and will die. I also have physical symptoms such as a bad pain in my left arm and back, tingling in my hand and sweating.

I've been experiencing severe panic attacks right before going to bed. I feel as if I can't breath, like I'm having a heart attack and will die. I also have physical symptoms such as a bad pain in my left arm and back, tingling in my hand and sweating.

Be careful: Be certain that the cause is truly a panic attack: this a "diagnosis of exclusion." first you need to be checked carefully for other, more ominous causes. See your family doc if you haven't already. If it's deemed to be panic, consider relaxation techniques like transcendental meditation, yoga, self hypnosis with or without assistance from a tranquilizer (under the direction of your doc). ...Read more

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I male 24. Feeling my left hand numb as blood running through my hand. A little chest pain and headache. Is this symptom of heart attack, hbp or else?

I male 24. Feeling my left hand numb as blood running through my hand. A little chest pain and headache. Is this symptom of heart attack, hbp or else?

Doubtful: I doubt that your symptom is related to hbp or to heart attack. Headache and "little chest pain" most likely related to worry and anxiety. Best to have a chat with your doctor to alleviate your fears. ...Read more

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Symptoms today are horrible indigestion, numb arm, shortness of breath, feeling weak. I have costochondritis. Is this normal? Heart attack?

Symptoms today are horrible indigestion, numb arm, shortness of breath, feeling weak. I have costochondritis. Is this normal? Heart attack?

Doubt it, but...: No one symptom definitively indicates a heart attack is or is not in progress (many people make the fatal mistake of waiting out atypical heart pain). In fact, "heart pain" is often indistinguishable from esophageal, pericardial, mediastinal, gastric, & chest wall distress. By the same token, where in your gut you have problems may result in very different sensations. See doctor to be reassured. ...Read more

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Why did my hands twist sideways and back towards my arms involuntarily when I was having my heart attack?

See below: It could be a response to any extreme pain you were having from the heart attack. If lost consciousness, it could have be a seizure but it is difficult to tell what exactly it was without seeing it in action. ...Read more

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Does an anxiety attack make you feel like you're having a heart attack? Numbness in the hands & feet. Fast heart beat. Loss of breath

Does an anxiety attack make you feel like you're having a heart attack? Numbness in the hands & feet. Fast heart beat. Loss of breath

Anxiety: Anxiety attacks and panic attacks can feel exactly as you describe. At 19 anxiety is far more common than a heart attack. Heart attack is not impossible but statistically the anxiety attack would be overwhelmingly more probable in a young person. Discussing with your Dr. And if appropriate having cardiac testing or help with anxiety is a good course of action. ...Read more

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I am 32 yrs female I been having left arm numbness and my upper back its been hurting on and off its that a sing of a heart attack?

I am 32 yrs female I been having left arm numbness and my upper back its been hurting on and off its that a sing of a heart attack?

Heart attack: Women tend to have variable and atypical symptoms. Please see your pcp if your symptoms have resolved or go to the er if you have on going symptoms. ...Read more

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Possible heart attack? I'm 26 Been having palpitations, dizziness that goes away when sitting or lying down and left arm numbness/burning for few days

See a doctor: Palpitations and dizziness that disappear with sitting or lying down are not suggestive of an acute heart attack, but these symptoms need evaluation. The numbness and burning of the left arm may or may not be related. There are many possibilities for these symptoms, including panic disorder, episodic irregular heart beats, anemia. Please see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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My left arm & hand have been tingling for months. No idea why. I'm 25. No heart attack. Could I be sleeping on it strangely?

My left arm & hand have been tingling for months. No idea why. I'm 25. No heart attack. Could I be sleeping on it strangely?

Yes, position impt: Assuming it is intermittent and is most nticable in the am upon arising, sleep position is a real possibility. Suggest using pillows to force you to sleep with er on the back or oppositie side. Play detective related to possible causes which are mechanical. Truck drivers get it with the left arm propped on a ledge or arm rest as an example. If it persists and exam would be reasonable. ...Read more

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What can cause left arm pain from shoulder down to hand? Not sharp pain. More like an achy pain? 29f. Healthy. Worried about stroke or heart attack

What can cause left arm pain from shoulder down to hand? Not sharp pain. More like an achy pain? 29f. Healthy. Worried about stroke or heart attack

Nerve pain likely: Many things -- most likely compression of a nerve in your thoracic outlet or neck. Unlikely to be heart disease in a healthy person of 29. Definitely not a stroke. More likely thoracic outlet syndrome, or cervical nerve compression, or compression of your nerve by some other mechanism like a tumor -- see a doctor. ...Read more

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Mini heart attack or pinched nerve, im 22, 5'11, 236lbs, smoker, junkfood eater, no exercise, shooting pain radiating from my neck, worsens at shoulder and shooting down into my arm and hand?

Mini heart attack or pinched nerve, im 22, 5'11, 236lbs, smoker, junkfood eater, no exercise, shooting pain radiating from my neck, worsens at shoulder and shooting down into my arm and hand?

Radicular pain?: You need to consult your Family Physician and get checked. At your age with the symptoms you described it is very unlikely to be due to heart problem
And more likely from a problem with your Cervical Spine and may be a pinched nerve causing pain radiating down the arm
Get your self checked and treated
And advice to stop smoking and lifestyle changes for your eating habits and exercise ...Read more

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Tight chest, heart pound so fast, left arm feels tingling, dizzy, cold hand and feet, sweating, suddenly stiff at neck & shoulder. Heart attack or anxiety?

Tight chest, heart pound so fast, left arm feels tingling, dizzy, cold hand and feet, sweating, suddenly stiff at neck & shoulder. Heart attack or anxiety?

Uncertain: You are a 30 year old female - don't know if you have any risk factors for a heart attack. However, if you have never had a medical workup and had medical causes ruled out than having it assessed is prudent. It may be a panic attack but we can't diagnose it. ...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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My left hand feels hard and numb. Also palm is sweaty, why? Is this related to a heart attack?

My left hand feels hard and numb. Also palm is sweaty, why? Is this related to a heart attack?

See a dr asap: This could be- although probably not. Still seek medical attention asap to make certain it is not a heart attack. From there, if it is not, they will work up your hand. ...Read more

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I had a sharp pain in my chest that made part of left arm numb. Did I have a heart attack?

I had a sharp pain in my chest that made part of left arm numb. Did I have a heart attack?

Not likely: Sharp aim, young female, numbness- not likely cardiac. These symptoms more consistent with musculoskeletal / nerve pain. Can never be 100 % though. ...Read more

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My right arm feels numb and heavy. Was sleeping and woke up to use the restroom and noticed. Very creepy. Scared of heart attack.

My right arm feels numb and heavy. Was sleeping and woke up to use the restroom and noticed. Very creepy. Scared of heart attack.

Symptoms: What you describe is almost certainly the result of sleeping in a position that cut off circulation to your arm. It is not likely to be a heart related symptom. ...Read more

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Last night woke up from sleep heart beating very fast I had pain there felt like I couldn't breathe at all. Heart attack? Left arm numb prior to bed

Last night woke up from sleep heart beating very fast I had pain there felt like I couldn't breathe at all. Heart attack? Left arm numb prior to bed

Very unlikely: Sounds like a minor panic attack or bad dream but could be a myriad of causes. If it does not subside after 10-15 min go to ER, or if continues to recur, consult your MD. Based on your age, very unlikely to be a heart attack ...Read more

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I've had a pain behind my shoulder blade and a tingly numb pain going down my arm. I know I have a pinched nerve, and elevated cholesterol. Heart attack?

I've had a pain behind my shoulder blade and a tingly numb pain going down my arm. I know I have a pinched nerve, and elevated cholesterol. Heart attack?

Probably not: At your age a heart attack is generally unlikely especially if you have another explanation for your symptoms (pinched nerve) but either way you should see your doctor to sort it out and maybe a neurologist if it turns out to be nerve pain. ...Read more

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Why is it that I feel as if I am having a heart attack every time I try and fall asleep, I am awoken by a jolt my heart is racing my left arm is numb?

Why is it that I feel as if I am having a heart attack every time I try and fall asleep, I am awoken by a jolt my heart is racing my left arm is numb?

Heart attack: Heart attack is rare at your age, but if you feel that your heart is racing, you need to an evaluation by a physician and also you should have a Holter monitor (that you wear for 48 hrs) to see what type of heart rhythm problems you are having ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you have a heart attack does your left or right arm get numb?

Either or neither: Substernal pain, radiation to left or right arm and or neck

pallor, irregular heart, nause and some variable numbness can all occur
also be aware, some have heart attack and no symptoms! ...Read more

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I'm and 18year old female my chest is hurting left side pressure like feeling im having a hard time breathing and my left arm is going numb am I having a heart attack?

I'm and 18year old female my chest is hurting left side pressure like feeling im having a hard time breathing and my left arm is going numb am I having a heart attack?

Unlikely by get seen: Given your age and the fact that you are female, it is unlikely that your symptoms are cardiac, however the better part of valor would be to see your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm scared I might be having a heart attack my left arm went numb heart palpitations troubled breathing what to do? I am known to have panic attacks

I'm scared I might be having a heart attack my left arm went numb heart palpitations troubled breathing what to do? I am known to have panic attacks

Palpitations: Although these can be signs, it is very rare for someone your age to have a heart attack. The same signs occur with panic attacks. Based on your history, you have had similar episodes before, so you probably had a cardiac work-up in the past. Were previous tests normal when you felt like this? Call a doctor who knows you well for a safe and accurate assessment and a plan for recurrences. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left & right hand from shoulder to wrist for 2 days can that be heart related or early symptom of heart attack? Iam just 22 yrs old

Less likely: It could be secondary to cervical radiculopathy, in other words nerves getting pinched in the neck. You need full evaluation see a doctor. ...Read more

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31yr old female. Went to ER with ALL heart attack symptoms. HR 144 BP 136/83. arms lost circulation, turned blue. Tests normal. Discharged within 3hrs?

31yr old female. Went to ER with ALL heart attack symptoms. HR 144 BP 136/83. arms lost circulation, turned blue. Tests normal. Discharged within 3hrs?

Hmm: What did they tell you caused your symptoms? We always recommend to follow up with a doctor after your emergency room visit to put things together and also see how you are doing. If having persistent, recurrent symptoms another recheck at the emergency room is warranted. Good luck ...Read more

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I have left hand pain suddenly what is the reason? It's symptom for heart attack

I have left hand pain suddenly what is the reason? It's symptom for heart attack

Left hand pain: In a 20 year old the pain is most likely from the left hand or wrist, low probability of heart related. ...Read more

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29 yo having heart attack-like symptoms for a year on and off - heaviness in chest, hard to breathe, numbness in face. Multiple ekgs show nothing.

29 yo having heart attack-like symptoms for a year on and off - heaviness in chest, hard to breathe, numbness in face. Multiple ekgs show nothing.

Panic Attack vs. Oth: If your EKG's are normal, then it is most likely not your heart. Panic attacks can mimic heart attacks to patients and have many of the same symptoms. Anxiety can as well. There are also other potential causes of chest pain or difficulty breathing and so I do recommend you get a diagnosis from your primary care doctor. There are treatments for most of these conditions. ...Read more

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I have right side shoulder pain for one month. Now slowly pain increases and extending towards down on the hand. Will it be a symptom of heart attack?

I have right side shoulder pain for one month. Now slowly pain increases and extending towards down on the hand. Will it be a symptom of heart attack?

Need to know Ur Age?: Shoulder pain can be due to some disorder of the shoulder joint. Yes it can also be a referred pain from a heart attack in the right age group (So we need to know your age). Moreover Heart attack pain does not last longer than an hour or so and is associated with chest pain (pressure or tightness in the chest (behind the sternum (breast bone). You should get your shoulder checked for proper diagnosis ...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. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more