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Obese, had sudden onset of sharp pain on upper side of chest radiating to arm, subsided with tapping the chest. Family history of heart disease. Is it a sign of heart attack?

I went walking this morning and as I was walking up a hill, I got a very sharp pain in the uppoer left hand side of my chest that sent pain down my left arm . After tapping on my chest a few minutes, the pain subsided but left me pretty shaken. I am 49, obese and my father died of heart disease at the age of 53. Could this have been a sign of having a heart attacK? I have a physical this coming Thursday and was wondering if I need to go sooner to the ER.
Asked On : Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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Thanks for query,
You might have Anginal pain.
Due to coronary insufficiency our myocardiam have less blood supply so exerting situation like walking on a hill requires more blood but your heart not compensated & you gets pain is an Anginal pain.
That was an infraction (heart attack) or not should be confirmed by Electrocardiogram & presence of enzymes in blood.
until now you examine your self just avoid any exertional physical activity like running, walking on hills ,lifting weight etc.Thanks
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