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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Are chest muscle spasms a sign of heart attack?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is 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. Dennis Clifford
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Can terrible pain from a pulled muscle in the chest lead to a heart attack?

Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Can terrible pain from a pulled muscle in the chest lead to a heart attack?

Probably not.: Musculoskeletal chest pain and coronary artery disease are very different diseases. Both are associated with chest discomfort, but of different quality. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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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!?

Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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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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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
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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

Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
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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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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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?

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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?

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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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
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How can I tell difference between a pulled chest muscle and a heart problem?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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How can I tell difference between a pulled chest muscle and a heart problem?

Chest pain: Your doctor can and the doc can demonstrate the difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Zanger
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Pulled chest muscle vs heart issues? can you pull a chest muscle while sleeping?

Dr. Daniel Zanger
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Pulled chest muscle vs heart issues?  can you pull a chest muscle while sleeping?

Chest pain: Yes it's possible

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
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Which else besides a heart attack could cause chest discomfort?

Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
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Which else besides a heart attack could cause chest discomfort?

Chest pain: Pleuritis, pericarditis, air trapping in copd, gerd, pulmonary embolism, musculosketal pain like muscle pull, costochondritis etc. ...Read more

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

Dr. George Valdez
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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

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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction is also known as Heart attack. Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more


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