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Pulsating chest pain, left arm numbness
kitttransam posted:
2 weeks ago I had a pulsating pain in the upper left side if my chest. Woke me up out of dead sleep. It went away after an hour. Now I've been having numbness on my left arm. Been like that for 2 days straight. Last week my arm was numb for a day, called the doctor and they said go to the ER. EKG came back normal and was sent home. I have a doctor appointment next Wednesday but wondering if I need to be seen sooner. I'm 28 years old 5'9" 210 pounds. Also had an iregular heartbeat checked out last year but told it was fine nothing major. They used an EKG and wore holter monitor for a day.
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

"EKG came back normal"

A routine resting ECG/EKG is an "inexact science", a briief/at-the-moment series of electrical snapshots, a relatively low-sensitivity 2D recording of a dynamic 3D process, offering limited diagnostics, and sometimes yielding inconclusive or erroneous results.



It is important to remember that EKGs are not 100% accurate. Normal recordings can be obtained in patients with significant heart disease , or some "abnormalities" may exist in the presence of a normal heart.

"Pulsating pain in the upper left side if my chest"

In general, chest/thoracic area (right, left, upper, lower, center, side) pain, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.

Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at ANY AGE, 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.

Lose weight sensibly, and keep all other known modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (which actually begins very early in life, even as early as in the pre-teen/teenage years) closely in-check.

ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Sometimes this requires being assertive. Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

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