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Pain in left axilla and arm......
serendipity888 posted:
Hi~~ I've not posted to this board before, but I have a question. For about 4 hours I have had sharp pain in the upper left part of my chest, that extends into my armpit and left arm. I have no cardiac history and just wondered if this is something to be concerned about. I have been having episodes of light headedness with exertion for a few weeks I am 54, and have hypertension as well. Thank you
CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi: b "Wondered if this is something to be concerned about." Yes, especially since you've been experiencing lightheadedness upon exertion. In general-only here, chest area (upper, lower, right, left, side) pain, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but is not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic. Additionally, of the different types of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent. Medical rule of thumb, report ANY bothersome, concerning, troublesome, worrisome, worsening, or new symptom(s) to a/your doctor promptly. Throughout life, keep ALL known modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease closely in-check. ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Take care CardioStar* Advocate for Heart Health - - b Be well-informed MedlinePlus b Chest pain Mayo Clinic b Chest pain eMedicine Health b Chest pain i Non-cardiac chest pain b Musculoskeletal-related The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage and strains or sprains to any of these may/can can cause chest pain. Chest pain associated with musculoskeletal injury is typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest. The pain may/can be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often is relieved by changing position. The pain may/can be triggered off by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. Though the pain typically last only seconds, it may/can also persist for days or longer. If/when chest pain increases when you press your finger on the painful site, or if you can pinpoint the spot that hurts, it is most likely chest wall-related pain, which may/can be caused by strained muscles or ligaments or even by a fractured rib. i BCWP/TBCWP b Benign chest wall pain/Transitory benign chest wall pain This pain may/can be brief or fleeting and often described as being sharp. - WebMD b Heart Disease TYPES Men/Women b Acquired/Congenital b SYMPTOMS Mayo Clinic b Cardiovascular disease 101 Understanding all the different types of cardiovascular disease can be confusing. Get a basic...... b HeartSite Heart info, cardiac tests (commonly performed types) info, actual diagnostic images. - - Health A to Z b Making the Most of Your Doctor Visits HealingWell b You and Your Doctor: It Takes Two to Tango Your medical care is a TWO WAY street... i Quote "Be a questioning patient. Talk to your doctor and ask questions. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!" - Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society . It's your there. :-) . . b WebMD/WebMD message boards does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. b NEVER delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on WebMD. b If you have a medical emergency call

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