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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

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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Need a solution to neck & shoulder pain which might likely result to heart attack?

Find the cause: Coronary disease can cause neck and shoulder and chest pain- angina. Referred from ischemia of the heart through the nerves to hat area.

Common arthritic, trauma, and exercize shoulder pain does not usually cause a heart problem. ...Read more

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If you are experiencing shoulder pain from heart issues, how long would it take to progress into heart attack?

If you are experiencing shoulder pain from heart issues, how long would it take to progress into heart attack?

Shoulder issues: Most shoulder issues have nothing to do with the heart. When shoulder pain is caused by myocardial ischemia, it does indicate the possibility of a future heart attack. If the heart problem isn't treated, the likelihood of an event is higher than if it is aggressively treated. Timing prediction relates to the frequency and severity of the symptoms. This should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have slight shoulder pain that came on all of a sudden. Am i having a heart attack? Im worried and take meds for anxiety.

I have slight shoulder pain that came on all of a sudden. Am i having a heart attack? Im worried and take meds for anxiety.

Anxiety: I understand your concern as “shoulder pain that came on all of a sudden”
Be assured that you are not having heart attack as you do not have severe chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness or sweating; and you have “slight shoulder pain”
Your Anxiety can cause shoulder pain. Anxiety can be due to stress.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy, Medication,
Use Breathing and Music, Yoga Relaxation ...Read more

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To clarify. If shoulder pain is caused by untreated heart issue, how long would it take for that situation to progress into a heart attack? Days, wks?

To clarify. If shoulder pain is caused by untreated heart issue, how long would it take for that situation to progress into a heart attack? Days, wks?

Minutes? Hours?: Racing with the clock? If the pain is present and is being caused by untreated heart disease, it is happening now. Known heart disease ought not to be untreated. This does not mean only surgical procedures or drugs, but can include life style changes with specific attention to the cardiac issue in a serious way. There are varieties of heart attack - you are not a teen - don't play chicken with it. ...Read more

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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

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I've been having heart attack symptoms , left arm pain and shoulder pain it alternates to the right side. What do I do?

I've been having heart attack symptoms , left arm pain and shoulder pain it alternates to the right side. What do I do?

Call 911: If you are having serious sxs call 911. Heart attack sx can include: chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. There could be pain in the upper back, head, jaw or teeth. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain. ...Read more

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I've been having heart attack symptoms , left arm pain and shoulder pain that alternates to the right side. What could be wrong?

I've been having heart attack symptoms , left arm pain and shoulder pain that alternates to the right side. What could be wrong?

Heart disease: Listen to your body, sound like you might ae angina for real.
See your family doctor and get the proper work up and treatment before you have a massive heart attack! ...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

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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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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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Severe pain in back. Some pain and tightness in chest and shoulder pain. Took Advil (ibuprofen) and pain has subsided. Could this be a heart attack??

Severe pain in back. Some pain and tightness in chest and shoulder pain. Took Advil (ibuprofen) and pain has subsided. Could this be a heart attack??

Maybe not: If the advil (ibuprofen) improved your pain it is most likely some sort of inflammation or muscles or bone contusion. Unlikely advil (ibuprofen) would improve pain from a heart attack. Also your age of 33 and a female would make it highly unlikely that you are having a heart attack. ...Read more

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21yo upper back&shoulder pain, chest pain left&right, left arm pain, leg/thigh pain, jaw& neck pain+ nausea&fatigue. For 1 week, Heart attack? Bmi 29

Probably not : It depends on family history and risk factors whether or not this is cardiac in nature. Being a female makes your risk factors much lower. Furthermore, your symptoms are almost everywhere leading me to believe that this is more viral than anything else. viruses can cause symptoms as described by you. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right shoulder and neck, is this sign of heart attack?

I have pain in my right shoulder and neck, is this sign of heart attack?

Unlikely: At your age, risks are always the key. The right sided pain in heart attacks are less common. If there are no risk factors, like hypertension, dm, high cholesterol, smoking and family history and drugs, the incidence becomes even less likely. If you can reproduce the pain like with moving the neck with stiffness and palpable tenderness present, mi would be a rare diagnosis with that presentation. ...Read more

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Is pins and needles on left side in shoulder blades a possible sign of heart attack?

Is pins and needles on left side in shoulder blades a possible sign of heart attack?

Can't say: The symptoms of heart attack can vary quite a bit. Some patients have no symptoms at all. Pins and needles in the shoulder blades are not the usually complaints before or during a heart attack. If you are worried though you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Signs of heart attack in womenchest discomfort, irregular heart beat, pain in shoulder, weak, tired?

Signs of heart attack in womenchest discomfort, irregular heart beat, pain in shoulder, weak, tired?

Pain/short breating: The most common symptoms of a heart attack in women include pain in the chest, neck or arm and shortness of breath. Many patients do not have such typical presentations. Other common symptoms include sweating and nausea. Irregular heart beat is not a common symptom of a heart attack. Tiredness, weakness or fatigue are common in the general population, but are not usually due to a heart attack. ...Read more

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Chest pain, radiating to arm, shoulder and side of neck but also into my tongue. Is tongue pain part of heart attack sign?

Chest pain, radiating to arm, shoulder and side of neck but also into my tongue. Is tongue pain part of heart attack sign?

May be heart related: Yes! the location of radiating pain is not specific, and it can be cardiac (heart) related whenever there is chest pain - radiating or not. Whether it goes into your tongue is irrelevant - it's possibly a very serious indication that a heart attack is imminent. It should always be ruled out, so get an exam for this very soon. ...Read more

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I find myself startled at anything- spider on wall, cars beeping, even a tap on shoulder when I don't see it coming! Prone to future heart attack?

I find myself startled at anything- spider on wall, cars beeping, even a tap on shoulder when I don't see it coming! Prone to future heart attack?

Unlikely: i don't think you are more likely than anyone else to die of a heart attack simply due to this abnormal startle reflex. But that certainly is abnormal and likely bears looking into simply to improve your quality of life. ...Read more

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Why does a heart attack often mainfest in the left arm and shoulder?

Neuroanatomy: In many people the sensory nerves that carry pain information from the heart will join the spinal cord near where the pain information from the jaw, left arm, shoulder or back join - the brain can have trouble sorting this out and sometimes ascribes pain from a heart attack to these other locations. ...Read more

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What does heart attack shoulder or arm pain feel like? I've never had it, I don't think.

See below: Classically, it's pressure, numbness, or heaviness. However, people have described other feelings like sharpness, aches, or no pain at all except in the chest. Basically, if you feel anything abnormal plus suddenly weak, short of breath, headache, pain, etc., see a doctor. ...Read more

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Would pain in the right neck or shoulder caused by a heart attack go away with movement?

Usually heart pain: is made worse with activity. Right neck and shoulder pain is very rare as a cardiac symptom but not impossible. It is more common with gallbladder or musculo skeletal or cervical spine disease. To be safe get checked out by a health care provider. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in my left shoulder. It comes on and then fades. I also feel bloated. Is it a heart attack?

I have a sharp pain in my left shoulder. It comes on and then fades. I also feel bloated. Is it a heart attack?

Not very likely: but women's symptoms can be atypical. It would be prudent to have a health care professional evaluate you and do some testing to determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
3,971 doctors shared insights

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