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Chest pain radiating to the arm, tingling. Family history of heart attacks. Need to get checked?

I get chest pain left side which radiates down left arm like a tingling feeling they last about 5 min then go away. there are times they last a little longer and happend at night and during the day time. What could this be. We do not have a great family heart history my mother passed away of a heart attack at 71 her sister had a heart attack in her mid 50 s and their brother also same age. I am currently 54 and do not want to be running to the hospital everytime there is a chest pain but do not want to have a hear attack either!
Asked On : Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
You are 54 year male with positive family history of Heart attacks,you should not ignore chest pain
please consult Cardiologist and after examination you will be required to get few check up to decide future course of action.
It will be detected if you have Hypertension,investigation like ECG,2 D Echocardiography, TMT, and biochemistry like FBS, PPBS,BUN.Creatinine,Lipid Profile.
Further advise depends on result of tests, if required Coronary angiography may be performed.
We need to take care of risk factors as well if you smoke please quit.
If pain is non cardiac then Acid peptic disorder and cervical spondylosis are common causes, which can be treated easily.
If diabetes or High B.P. is detected keep both under control.Regular exercise and meditation reduces stress and if your Lipid profile is deranged it can be controlled with diet and medicines.
That is best we can do have healthy life.
Please take care
Good Luck.
Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

In suspected heart attack, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE – if detected early, an attack may even be aborted / the amount of damage and complications can be reduced remarkably. The most important time is the first few hours.
It is better to err on the safe side...Better be safe than sorry - treated if a problem is found / Happy, if it turns out otherwise / If it is normal, nothing to do – except to repeat annually. If in doubt, further work up is done..

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
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