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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

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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


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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?

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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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!?

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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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

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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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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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

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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


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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

Most cardiac arrest episodes are due to the heart rhythm becoming inadequate to pump blood to the body. Ventricular fibrillation is commonly the abnormal rhythm associated with cardiac arrest. If effective rhythm isn't ...Read more


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