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Are chest muscle spasms a sign of heart attack?

Are chest muscle spasms a sign of heart attack?

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

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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Can terrible pain from a pulled muscle in the chest lead to a heart attack?

Can terrible pain from a pulled muscle in the chest lead to a heart attack?

No: A pulled muscle or perhaps costochondritis can not cause you to have a heart attack. But if you have underlying heart disease, I suggest you have an evaluation from a cardiologist and perhaps have a stress test. ...Read more

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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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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?

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

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Can right sided almost midline pain (feels like a pulled muscle) be a warning sign for a heart attack in a person at high risk?

Can right sided almost midline pain (feels like a pulled muscle) be a warning sign for a heart attack in a person at high risk?

Possibly.: If one has such pain and there is a possibility it's cardiac pain...especially in a person with risk factors...the approach would be to take a full-size Aspirin (325 mg), chew and swallow it, call 911 and get to the hospital emergency dept. As quickly as possible. The aspirin, when chewed and swallowed, enters the blood stream, stopping platelets from forming a clot in coronary arteries. ...Read more

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The night before I noticed my arm had mild pain in it almost like I pulled a muscle it had not been hurting all that day I know that unexplained left arm pain is a sign of a heart attack knowing this information I began to monitor and worry about myself a

Very unlikely: Yes - left arm pain could happens with heart attack but is shorted in duration, is accompanied by pressure in the chest, difficulty breathing, cold sweats, in older individuals with predisposing conditions. In your situation - I agree that most likely you pulled a muscle. ...Read more

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Is heart attack pain always in the center of the chest?

Is heart attack pain always in the center of the chest?

No: It can be right or left or only the neck or only the left arm or without pain, only sweating excessively. ...Read more

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Could you have a heart attack if there is only mild chest dicomfort?

Could you have a heart attack if there is only mild chest dicomfort?

Variable but YES: Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur
elephant sitting on your chest
shortness of breath
fatigue
anxiety
fear
some are asymptomatic or have minimal pain!

signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular
sudden death, . ...Read more

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I'm have a pricking pain in my chest. Exactly where the heart is. Is this starting of heart attack?

I'm have a pricking pain in my chest. Exactly where the heart is. Is this starting of heart attack?

Hard to say: Would need more description of the pain along with other information. Usually heart attack pain is described as feeling like a heavy pressure or like an "elephant sitting on the chest." Would be helpful to know if you had associated symptoms and what your medical history is. Best to discuss with your doctor and not ignore it. It can be due to other things too. ...Read more

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Are all types of chest pain a heart attack?

No: There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! Any of these can cause chest pain. These include esophageal and stomach problems (like reflux) and lung problems. Any problems of the chest wall muscles or nerves (like a case of shingles) can cause chest pain. Even the joints along the sternum can become inflamed and cause chest pain, a problem known as costrochondritis. ...Read more

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If I have chest pain could it be a heart attack?

Not likely: At your age the source of pain is likely muscular or related to the pleura ie pleurisy. If symptoms persist you may need an evaluation and x-ray. ...Read more

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What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

Angina: Angina is chest pain that occurs when there is a partial blockage of one of the coronary arteries. This is as opposed to heart attack when there is a near total occlusion. ...Read more

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Does dull. Chest pain in between breasts mean heart attack?

Not necessarily: Chest pain can be due to numerous causes. It doesn't always mean heart attack. I would get this checked out however. ...Read more

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How long could you have chest pressure before a heart attack?

How long could you have chest pressure before a heart attack?

Don't wait too long: Time is muscle! That means the longer you wait with chest pain the more heart muscle could die. If you have typical chest pain or pressure radiating to your jaw or neck that does not go away with rest you may be having a heart attack. Nausea, sweating, and crushing chest pain are the common symptoms. 5 minutes of chest pain is plenty to start worrying about. ...Read more

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Severe chest pain after adrenaline surge. Is this a heart attack?

Severe chest pain after adrenaline surge. Is this a heart attack?

Could be angina: If you did not get any heart testing you may want to do it now. Stress test can show a doctor if you are at high risk for heart attack. I would do it ASAP. ...Read more

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Still having chest pain. Could I benefit from stent after heart attack?

Still having chest pain. Could I benefit from stent after heart attack?

Depends on cause....: Depends on what is causing your chest pain and what type of blockages if any is seen on your coronary angiogram. The best person to answer your question is your cardiologist. You should ask him/ her to explain findings of the angiogram or stress test and whether your chest pain is being potentially caused by a blockage. ...Read more

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Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Maybe pericardial: Pain which is altered by breathing may be due to irritation in the tissue surrounding the heart- the pericardium. Other cause could be the lung tissue itself. ...Read more

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What causes a sharp pain in the chest and down the arm besides a heart attack?

What causes a sharp pain in the chest and down the arm besides a heart attack?

Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, the heart is but one, intestinal gas and thoracic musculoskeletal pains are very common, anxiety and panic attacks likewise are frequent causes. You should always ask the doctors who see you what they think is the problem you came for and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between chest pain from a hernia and pain from a heart attack?

How do I tell the difference between chest pain from a hernia and pain from a heart attack?

You don't go toER: Any sudden chest pain due to unknown cause must go to nearest er to make sure it is not an heart attach, save the life, there is no home remedy kit to rule out ...Read more

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I feel a tightness around my chest and I am struggling breathing. Am I having a heart attack?

I feel a tightness around my chest and I am struggling breathing. Am I having a heart attack?

Possibly: Seek medical attention immediately! Do not stop, it is not something to be casual about. ...Read more

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Last night, I threw up my dinner, and then my chest hurt. Am I too young for heart attack (30)?

Last night, I threw up my dinner, and then my chest hurt. Am I too young for heart attack (30)?

Probably: I've seen under 30 have heart attack with type 1 diabetes, Cocaine use, and congenital heart condition (3 different people). It's very unlikely but if you have symptoms that worsen with exertion, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

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


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