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Felt a hand squeezing upper arm at night. Was unable to move. Reason?

i am 69 year old female and swim 4 days a week. i have copd but swimming has helped me so much...just had a check up from cardiologist. blood pressure and heart rate perfect. i awoke in the middle of the night a couple of nights ago and it felt like a hand was squeezing my right upper arm my arm was out of the covering and i felt cold air. I was so afraid and i could not breathe. i said, to myself "this must be what a heart attack feels like..i could not move. only lasted a few seconds. i work my husband up sat on the side of the bed and felt wonderful..i was so afraid. i check my vital signs they were perfect. today i googled this information. Do you believe in spirits? or do you that i had a medical emergency?
Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist 's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The only spirit accepted by medical profession is alcohol!?
What you call spirit, the Psychiatrist calls Anxiety, Delusion, Hallucination...

If other things are stable, check your cervical spine (spondylosis) / electrolytes (potassium) / D-dimer and Doppler for thrombus / or even a bad dream may account for it

Get examined / investigate if necessary / get reassured...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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