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.
No. Chest pain is caused by irritation of the tissue surrounding the heart. This can be left sided, right sided, abdominal, etc. If the pain persists, call 911.

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I had a pain in the center of my chest for like 5mins then it went away. Could I have had a heart attack? It isn't there anymore.

Nope. Even under the best (worst) of circumstances, 5 minutes is an inadequate time for irreversible damage to the heart to have set in. I would say that it's remotely possible that you had a transient event called unstable angina, but at 18yrs old, that's absurdly unlikely. It's very likely not your heart, but if it is, it's more likely related to something called vasospasm than coronary issues. Read more...
It is unlikely. In general since heart attacks are based on atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries that takes many years to develop an 18 year old is unlikely to have a heart attack. There are other heart problems that an 18 year old could have, and multiple other causes of chest pain. As always it is impossible to say what a symptom means for you in this kind of forum. If this sx recurs you need to see a doc. Read more...

What's causing me to feel constant sharp pain in the center of my chest but mostly to the left side? (Could it be mild heart attack) I hope not.

Not likely. It is impossible to rule out as heart being involved in your symptoms, but the character of the pain is not suggestive of cardiac origin. A simple test to determine the origin would be to gently push over the involved area. If your pain is worsened, it is chest wall related, specifically sternocostal joints or chest muscles. If that is not the case you may need a follow up with your doc. Read more...

Had a drug eluting stent placed due to heart attack on Feb 27 this year. Last night started having sharp pain in center of chest. Lasts for 20-30 seco?

Chest pain post sten. Was the pain similar to the pain you had in the past, before the stent placement? You must see the cardiologist that placed the stents, I may be an early symptom of partial stent occlusion. Give him a call, and follow his advise. Read more...

28 yrs old 2 wks PP pregnancy. C section. Been having stabbing in center of chest for 3 days echo & ekg last month was normal afraid of heart attack?

Be reassured. Hi, With your clinical history, normal echo, and ekg, your symptoms are not due a possible heart attack. I'm not sure exactly what is causing your symptoms, because we really need more information. Spending time consulting with your doctor or with a HealthTap inbox consult may help clarifying things. Please be reassured that this is probably not a "heart attack". Read more...

Am I having symptoms of a heart attack? Right breast pain, pain around shoulder blades and down the center of my back, pain in my right jaw, a little nauseous

A . A heart attack is when one of the heart arteries becomes plugged with plaque or fatty deposit and then a blood clot forms to completely plug up this vessel. At this point a portion of the heart muscle does not receive blood flow and permanent heart damage will occur if the artery is not opened within an hour or so. Different patients will experience a heart attack differently. The "classic" presentation is a heavy weight, like a ton of bricks, sitting on the middle of the chest. This may be associated with a pain radiating to the left shoulder and arm as well as nausea and sweating. However, there are many other types of symptoms some patients experience when having a heart attack. Sometimes the symptoms are only in the neck or jaw, sometimes the symptoms are only in the arm. Sometimes there is no "pain" but only a sense of shortness of breath or a strong sense that 'something isn't right.' some people will have only minimal symptoms and never really realize they had a heart attack. If you experience any of these symptoms e.g. Any bad or uncomfortable feeling between your ears and you belly button, that last 5-10 minutes or more i would encourage you to call immediately to your doctor for further advice. If these symptoms are worsening, you cannot breathe, you pass out, etc. Dial 911 immediately. Read more...
Heart disease. Those symptoms could be due to a heart attack. Women tend to have atypical symptoms. Back pain, shoulder pain, jaw pain, nausea and or vomiting. Commonly shortness of breath. Please seek further help, er or your pcp. Read more...

Could you have a heart attack if there is only mild chest dicomfort?

Yes. Sometimes, especially in those who have diabetes, there can be minimal or no chest discomfort. Sometimes, it is just shortness of breath. My uncle, god rest his soul, had heartburn symptoms that was actually a heart attack. If you don't feel right, get checked out: 911 or er. Read more...
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...