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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?

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!?

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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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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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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Im have a pricking pain in my chest.. exactly where the heart is.. is this starting of heart attack?

Im 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

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