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I'm and 18year old female my chest is hurting left side pressure like feeling im having a hard time breathing and my left arm is going numb am I having a heart attack?

I'm and 18year old female my chest is hurting left side pressure like feeling im having a hard time breathing and my left arm is going numb am I having a heart attack?

Unlikely by get seen: Given your age and the fact that you are female, it is unlikely that your symptoms are cardiac, however the better part of valor would be to see your doctor to be evaluated.

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Why is it that I feel as if I am having a heart attack every time I try and fall asleep, I am awoken by a jolt my heart is racing my left arm is numb?

Why is it that I feel as if I am having a heart attack every time I try and fall asleep, I am awoken by a jolt my heart is racing my left arm is numb?

Heart attack: Heart attack is rare at your age, but if you feel that your heart is racing, you need to an evaluation by a physician and also you should have a Holter monitor (that you wear for 48 hrs) to see what type of heart rhythm problems you are having

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I'm scared I might be having a heart attack my left arm went numb heart palpitations troubled breathing what to do? I am known to have panic attacks

I'm scared I might be having a heart attack my left arm went numb heart palpitations troubled breathing what to do? I am known to have panic attacks

Palpitations: Although these can be signs, it is very rare for someone your age to have a heart attack. The same signs occur with panic attacks. Based on your history, you have had similar episodes before, so you probably had a cardiac work-up in the past. Were previous tests normal when you felt like this? Call a doctor who knows you well for a safe and accurate assessment and a plan for recurrences.

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I wanted to know when you have a heart attack does your left or right arm get numb?

I wanted to know when you have a heart attack does your left or right arm get numb?

Either or neither: Substernal pain, radiation to left or right arm and or neck pallor, irregular heart, nause and some variable numbness can all occur also be aware, some have heart attack and no symptoms!

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I am 32 yrs female I been having left arm numbness and my upper back its been hurting on and off its that a sing of a heart attack?

I am 32 yrs female I been having left arm numbness and my upper back its been hurting on and off its that a sing of a heart attack?

Heart attack: Women tend to have variable and atypical symptoms. Please see your pcp if your symptoms have resolved or go to the er if you have on going symptoms.

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I've had a pain behind my shoulder blade and a tingly numb pain going down my arm. I know I have a pinched nerve, and elevated cholesterol. Heart attack?

I've had a pain behind my shoulder blade and a tingly numb pain going down my arm. I know I have a pinched nerve, and elevated cholesterol. Heart attack?

Probably not: At your age a heart attack is generally unlikely especially if you have another explanation for your symptoms (pinched nerve) but either way you should see your doctor to sort it out and maybe a neurologist if it turns out to be nerve pain.

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Possible heart attack? I'm 26 Been having palpitations, dizziness that goes away when sitting or lying down and left arm numbness/burning for few days

Possible heart attack? I'm 26 Been having palpitations, dizziness that goes away when sitting or lying down and left arm numbness/burning for few days

See a doctor: Palpitations and dizziness that disappear with sitting or lying down are not suggestive of an acute heart attack, but these symptoms need evaluation. The numbness and burning of the left arm may or may not be related. There are many possibilities for these symptoms, including panic disorder, episodic irregular heart beats, anemia. Please see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests.

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I had a sharp pain in my chest that made part of left arm numb. Did I have a heart attack?

I had a sharp pain in my chest that made part of left arm numb. Did I have a heart attack?

Not likely: Sharp aim, young female, numbness- not likely cardiac. These symptoms more consistent with musculoskeletal / nerve pain. Can never be 100 % though.

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My right arm feels numb and heavy. Was sleeping and woke up to use the restroom and noticed. Very creepy. Scared of heart attack.

My right arm feels numb and heavy. Was sleeping and woke up to use the restroom and noticed. Very creepy. Scared of heart attack.

Symptoms: What you describe is almost certainly the result of sleeping in a position that cut off circulation to your arm. It is not likely to be a heart related symptom.

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Last night woke up from sleep heart beating very fast I had pain there felt like I couldn't breathe at all. Heart attack? Left arm numb prior to bed

Last night woke up from sleep heart beating very fast I had pain there felt like I couldn't breathe at all. Heart attack? Left arm numb prior to bed

Very unlikely: Sounds like a minor panic attack or bad dream but could be a myriad of causes. If it does not subside after 10-15 min go to ER, or if continues to recur, consult your MD. Based on your age, very unlikely to be a heart attack

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Left arm a bit numb, now I have tingling in pinky up side of palm. Slight pain from my elbow up. I've had migraines with aura. Possibly heart attack?

Left arm a bit numb, now I have tingling in pinky up side of palm. Slight pain from my elbow up. I've had migraines with aura. Possibly heart attack?

Left arm nerve issue: Heart attack symptoms can cause left arm symptoms, but in a young patient without other issues would be very unusual. It also should not be migraine aura unless this has been part of your aura before. More likely you have peripheral nerve irritation that may be at the elbow (ulnar nerve) or possibly at the brachial plexus or cervical spine. See your doctor if it persists.

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Symptoms today are horrible indigestion, numb arm, shortness of breath, feeling weak. I have costochondritis. Is this normal? Heart attack?

Symptoms today are horrible indigestion, numb arm, shortness of breath, feeling weak. I have costochondritis. Is this normal? Heart attack?

Doubt it, but...: No one symptom definitively indicates a heart attack is or is not in progress (many people make the fatal mistake of waiting out atypical heart pain). In fact, "heart pain" is often indistinguishable from esophageal, pericardial, mediastinal, gastric, & chest wall distress. By the same token, where in your gut you have problems may result in very different sensations. See doctor to be reassured.

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Which arm will hurt if you are having a heart attack?

Which arm will hurt if you are having a heart attack?

Pain radiation: Most of the time the pain radiates to the left. But if you have dextrocardia the pain goes to the right.

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Hi. Sitting at work and all of a sudden numbness all over my body and this huge fear of having a heart attack. Extreme fear of dying. Thank you?

Hi. Sitting at work and all of a sudden numbness all over my body and this huge fear of having a heart attack. Extreme fear of dying. Thank you?

Fear numbness: Given supplied information U more likely are experiencing a panic attack. Assuming you have been previously diagnosed appropriately as having panic disorder

Dr. Creighton Wright
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