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Tight chest, heart pound so fast, left arm feels tingling, dizzy, cold hand and feet, sweating, suddenly stiff at neck & shoulder. Heart attack or anxiety?

Tight chest, heart pound so fast, left arm feels tingling, dizzy, cold hand and feet, sweating, suddenly stiff at neck & shoulder. Heart attack or anxiety?

Uncertain: You are a 30 year old female - don't know if you have any risk factors for a heart attack. However, if you have never had a medical workup and had medical causes ruled out than having it assessed is prudent. It may be a panic attack but we can't diagnose it. ...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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I have stiff neck how can I tell if its a symptom of heart attack or meningitos. Mo fever, no nausea, no dizziness or anything just neck pain?

I have stiff neck how can I tell if its a symptom of heart attack or meningitos. Mo fever, no nausea, no dizziness or anything just neck pain?

Not likely seious: With a heart attack you most likely would have pain in the left side of neck, with radiation down your left arm, sweating, fast heart rate, nausea, and chest pain. Not likely meningitis without fever, headache, nausea, or dizziness.
Try gentle massage, heating pad, tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin.
Make sure not to sleep with head in awkward position or have cold air blowing on your neck. If persists seek help. ...Read more

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What are the main signs of a heart attack in a woman im 47 years old and I have been having some pain in the left side of my neck and upperback

What are the main signs of a heart attack in a woman im 47 years old and I have been having some pain in the left side of my neck and upperback

I: I will list some of the symptoms of a mycocardial infarction (heart attack). Chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack.
You asked specifically about symptoms in women. The following statistics are from a national institute of health study. 43% of women had no chest pain. 58% were short of breath; 55% had marked weakness; 43% experienced fatigue, with cold sweats in 39% & dizziness in 39%.
According to the study preceding their heart attacks women experienced the following symptoms: unusual fatigue - 70%; sleep disturbance - 48%; shortness of breath - 42%; indigestion - 39% and anxiety - 35%.
I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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I am 31 yrs old good health so what could cause my right neck to hurt could it be a heart attack?

I am 31 yrs old good health so what could cause my right neck to hurt could it be a heart attack?

Neck pain: Neck pain would be an unusual presentation for heart attack especially in a 31year old. There are many causes of neck pain, perhaps the most common is lying on a couch with the head bent, and then a legion of others in addition. ...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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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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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 tightness in my chest and neck and I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack. But the tests came back fine 3 weeks ago. What could be wron?

I have a tightness in my chest and neck and I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack. But the tests came back fine 3 weeks ago. What could be wron?

Chest pain: Although you have had one normal work up there still does not mean you do not have a heart problem. Other possibilities include lung problems like asthma, infection or blood clot. You are young coronary disease less likely, but other reasons for chest pain from your heart. Anxiety and panic attacks can cause chest pain too. ...Read more

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Can person suffering from a heart attack have neck pain but no chest pain?

Yes: Everyone feels the discomfort of a heart attack differently. It is quite possible to have no pain at all and have a severe heart attack. ...Read more

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Discomfort in chest, neck, and jaw. Anything besides heart attack pain that can cause that?

Discomfort in chest, neck, and jaw. Anything besides heart attack pain that can cause that?

Angina: Pre- infarcion unstable angina, accelerated angina, atypical angina, anginal equivalent, stable angina can all be experienced like that. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck pain but experience no chest pain?

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck pain but experience no chest pain?

Similar: More commonly:
anterior crushing pressure with arm extension- radiation.
Angina= neck pain or "feeling"
impending doom!
anxiety
shortness of breath
diaphoresis
='sweaty clammy
nothing- ladies dismiss any symptoms. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking cigarettes for 6 days now and I have heart attack like symptoms the pains to my neck. ....Whats going on?

I stopped smoking cigarettes for 6 days now and I have heart attack like symptoms the pains to my neck. ....Whats going on?

Musculoskeletal: Unless you have a terrible family history, you are a little too young for a heart attack. Stopping smoking can cause anxiety and tension, which can lead to your symptoms. Obviously, if they persist or you are really concerned, consult your physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain?

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain?

Anginal equivalent: Yes, it is absolutely possible for heart attack victims to have neck or jaw pain as their presenting symptoms. In fact, patients who a diabetic run a risk of having no symptoms at all. While chest pressure or pain is the most common symptom, anginal equivalent such as neck pain, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath may be symptoms as well. ...Read more

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I have heart attack symptoms, pain in the middle of my chest and pain in the neck and jaw. Could this be some other cause?

I have heart attack symptoms, pain in the middle of my chest and pain in the neck and jaw. Could this be some other cause?

Chest pain: You should seek medical advise immediately for heart attack symptoms, not on media like this. If you still have these symptoms and not seen a doctor yet, please do asap. ...Read more

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29 yr old female. Have been experiencing chest pain radiating into left arm, neck and back for almost a month. Could a Heart attack be coming?

29 yr old female. Have been experiencing chest pain radiating into left arm, neck and back for almost a month. Could a Heart attack be coming?

Possible, See Doctor: Your age (29) argues against an impending heart attack. Most heart attacks are unpredictable, & don't last 1 month in the making (that would be unstable angina, which is seen in the elderly). In any case, you should see a doctor in the clinic soon. Waiting 1 month w/ symptoms like this is not wise. Thanks for your question on HealthTap. Use HealthTap Prime or see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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I have pain in neck shoulders and can't raise arms, also my head gets hot, could it be a heart attack?

Possibly: Some of the symptoms of heart disease are chest pain, chest pressure radiating to the base of the jaw, left or right arm or both. The older you are the more the possibility of this. If you get this pain moving your arms it may be a spine problem or a neurologic problem. I certainly would see a physician and have him/her sort this out for you. ...Read more

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Is having pain in your neck shoulder chest and down your arm called having a heart attack even if its only mild breathing difficulties?

Is having pain in your neck shoulder chest and down your arm called having a heart attack even if its only mild breathing difficulties?

Very concerning: The symptoms you describe including shortness of breath are very concerning for angina. Angina is pain or other symptoms that are related to the heart needing more oxygen. Not everybody has the same symptoms, and some people, like diabetics and women may have no symptoms or even what they think is indigestion. Who ever is having these symptoms needs to see a cardiologist to see if its the heart. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain? I also have tmj

Yes: Neck and jaw pain without chest pain would be considered an "atypical" presentation but it does happen. Remember that a heart attack can (and does in 30-50% of cases) have no pain. Other symptoms that commonly accompany heart attacks are: breathlessness, cold-clammy sweat, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Recurring pain is not likely your heart since frequent recurrent heart attacks are unlikely. ...Read more

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I have dis pain upper part of neck or lower part head at the back. Parallel to my ear middle. Cause? Is it heart attack or stroke or anything fatal?

Not likely: An early thirties female with post-auricular pain likely has occipital neuritis or tendinitis of superior trapezius at occiput, especially with pain to palpation or with range of motion of neck. If there are not these findings and if pain is constant then see a doctor. Concerns increase if there is dizziness or use of cigarettes and taking of birth control pills, a bad combination. See a doctor. ...Read more

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My left shoulder is sore and hurts when I move it. It's also swollen and warm between my shoulder and neck. How do I know this isn't a heart attack?

My left shoulder is sore and hurts when I move it. It's also swollen and warm between my shoulder and neck. How do I know this isn't a heart attack?

It's not: Those aren't signs or symptoms of a heart attack in a 20 year old female, who's risk is super super low for a heart attack to begin with. ...Read more

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Did I have a mild heart attack if I have chest pain not due to injury pain in upper back, left side of neck down to elbow w/strong fam hist of heart?

Did I have a mild heart attack if I have chest pain not due to injury pain in upper back, left side of neck down to elbow w/strong fam hist of heart?

Can't say: Wouldn't know without an ekg. But with those symptoms and your family history I hope you submitted this question from the er waiting for an ekg!? ...Read more

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My husband just had a heart attack after seeing his PC twice in a wk for nk, sh, chest pain& he sent him for a MRI of his neck. Do we need a new Doctor?

My husband just had a heart attack after seeing his PC twice in a wk for nk, sh, chest pain& he sent him for a MRI of his neck. Do we need a new Doctor?

Chest pain common: Patients at high risk for heart disease (family history, tobacco use, hypertension, high cholesterol) who present with chest pain should always be taken seriously. However, in a healthy person with low risk, chest pain may be musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal or even anxiety related. Angina (heart pain) can be difficult to diagnose if it occurs in low risk patients. ...Read more

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Female, 42 can a heart attack start in the right arm, going up and across chest, chest feeling compressed and pain in shoulder and neck, with tirednes?

Female, 42 can a heart attack start in the right arm, going up and across chest, chest feeling compressed and pain in shoulder and neck, with tirednes?

Yes: Yes, you are a little young and the wrong sex for a heart attack. However, your symptoms are right. If you feel pressure on your chest, err on the side of caution and get it checked out. Pronto. ...Read more

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Upper back, shoulder and neck tight achy feeling. EKG a week ago was normal. Muscular or tension? Going on 2 wks. Was scared it was heart attack.

Upper back, shoulder and neck tight achy feeling. EKG a week ago was normal. Muscular or tension? Going on 2 wks. Was scared it was heart attack.

Could be muscular.: Given your medical information, symptoms and normal ECG, this could very well be muscular. Could be tension as well. Or simply postural. Computer users tend to get achy muscles as you have described - it's related to the computer posture, if you will. Normal ECG is reassuring. ...Read more

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I have been getting tingling in my foot for about 2 days now and now really bad pains in my right arm and neck. Am I having a mild heart attack?

I have been getting tingling in my foot for about 2 days now and now really bad pains in my right arm and neck. Am I having a mild heart attack?

Can be never too saf: Could be arthritis in your neck. However heart problems can sometimes have atypical symptoms. If you are in pain in arms, chest, upper back, neal and / or jaw right now go to the er. If not call your doctor. ...Read more

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Havin chest pain in center of chest down right arm and up side of neck I had a heart attack before but not the same symptoms. Heart rate irregular.

Could still be heart: While there are several things that can cause your symptoms, e.g. gastroesophageal reflux, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis, pleurisy, the one that is most seriously urgent and potentially life threatening is pain of heart origin. With an irregular heart rate, you should head to the nearest emergency room for EKG, blood work and examination. Do this now. ...Read more

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I have had SVT episodes for years, last night was different...I was dripping sweat, and tightness @my jaw and neck....Are those signs of Heart Attack?

I have had SVT episodes for years, last night was different...I was dripping sweat, and tightness @my jaw and neck....Are those signs of Heart Attack?

Yes. Get to UC/ER.: Dripping sweat (actually the most common sign, according to ER studies) along with chest pain & neck/jaw tightness is one of the signs of a heart attack. There are so many manifestations, but most importantly, not all are present. So, it's best not to take chances. If there is any concern, go to an urgent care clinic or an ER to get checked out. TTYD by phone if they can squeeze you in earlier. ...Read more

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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

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Woke up with back pain left side. Hurts to breathe. Neck jaw tingling. 26 yo. Been 10 hours. How to tell its my heart?? Heart attack?

Woke up with back pain left side. Hurts to breathe. Neck jaw tingling. 26 yo. Been 10 hours. How to tell its my heart?? Heart attack?

Chest pain: Best to go to the doc and get checked out. Many possibilities and heart attack isn't high on the list for a 26y/o but not impossible. Pleural and pericardial inflammation are real as well as other things. ...Read more

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Random chest neck and shoulder blade pain for about a week now. Ekg and blood test showed normal. Heart related? Heart attack possible?

Probably not MI: You should see your doctor for further evaluation, but, if inconsistent probably not a heart attack. ...Read more

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I'm a 37y/o female, and I 've been having this pain on my chest, jaw, both my arms and mg neck feel heavy. Am I having a heart attack or angina?

I'm a 37y/o female, and I 've been having this pain on my chest, jaw, both my arms and mg neck feel heavy. Am I having a heart attack or angina?

See physician: Symptoms could very well be related to heart. You should seek medical help without delay to rule out cardiac disease. ...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

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


Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...Read more